The new discovered battery technology uses aluminum ions instead of lithium ions. At the moment one wonders if it will be a real important step forward in the electrical sector, the new revolutionary battery cells today come from Australia.
To relaunch this novelty is the Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) which speaks of “exciting performance test results” of this new aluminum ion battery chemistry. It could be possible to speed up charging times by as much as 10 times compared to current lithium-ion batteries; moreover, these are batteries that could also last much longer over time and that do not need cooling.
The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland conducted tests and experiments in which the prototypes of the new battery confirmed these results. New batteries could guarantee less autonomy for each refill, but certainly a less waste of time at the column.
These new aluminum ion batteries could actually be very interesting in other respects as well, such as for example almost no degradation. In fact, they have been tested on 2,000 charge and discharge cycles and have practically no signs of degradation. The safety, as they do not have a tendency to overheat and may also be better suited for the recovery and recycling of raw materials.
Also excellent with regard to the danger of fires, as GMG CEO Craig Nicol said: “So far there are no temperature problems”. On top of that, according to the CEO himself: “20% of a lithium-ion battery pack has to do with cooling. There is a high probability that in aluminum ion batteries we won’t need cooling or heating. They do not overheat and work well below zero. And the circuits for cooling or heating currently represent about 80 kg in a 100 kWh pack ”.
As for the costs, an absolutely necessary component in these new GMG batteries is porous graphene, which the company says it can produce at low cost, even if it hasn’t revealed any details (from what is known, graphene is a precious material). GMG will pass from prototype to a small series of batteries later this year, will deliver the products to potential customers for use testing. Production on an industrial scale will probably have to wait a few years.