Cycle Industry News)
2 March, 2017Mark Sutton
The innovation, which came to fruition at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas where Goodenough is a professor, apparently has the potential to bring about faster charging and longer lasting rechargeable batteries for everything from mobile phones to electric bikes.
Perhaps more important to the bicycle business than the aforementioned enhancements, Goodenough and research fellow Maria Helena Braga’s cell is said to be of a lower cost to produce than the widely-used Lithium-Ion cells.
“Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge and discharge and cycle life are critical for battery-driven cars to be more widely adopted. We believe our discovery solves many of the problems that are inherent in today’s batteries,” Goodenough said.
Published in the journal Energy and Environment Science, tests on the noncombustible battery demonstrated a long cycle life and a volumetric energy density measuring at three times today’s typical lithium-ion batteries. This has significant implications for range achieved per charge.