Israeli startup StoreDot successfully demonstrated extremely fast charging technology by publicly demonstrating the process of charging a packaged traction battery.In five minutes, it was charged enough to give an electric car a range of 100 miles (about 160 km).Image source: StoreDot The process took place in front of visitors at EcoMotion Week 2022, held in Israel and was broadcast to viewers from around the world.Battery parameters, including charging level, temperature, voltage and capacity were demonstrated to all comers.During the demonstration, so-called 300×100 mm pack batteries produced at the Chinese factory EVE Energy were used.The battery was charged in less than 10 minutes, it was enough to charge up to 20 ∙h, the figures exceeded the planned 0-80%, stated before the demonstration.According to the portal InsideEVs, the company showed the ability to add a range of 160 km every 5 minutes of charging, and in the process the battery never heated above 33 degrees Celsius, which is much lower than the recommended engineers StoreDot.In addition, all other critical parameters were maintained at optimal levels.The demonstration was held within the framework of the StoreDot plan, the so-called \"100inX\", where 100 - range in miles, and X - charging time.While the plan is to achieve a 100-mile charge in 5 minutes at the industry level by 2024, by 2028 it will be 3 minutes and by 2032 it will be 2 minutes.According to a StoreDot spokesperson, the program has already created batteries that provide 1,200 consecutive cycles of extremely fast charging.For batteries optimal for use in electric vehicles, the company intends to achieve more than 1,000 cycles by the end of this year.According to StoreDot head Doron Myersdorf, the demonstration showed the company's full readiness to meet the given roadmap.In addition, he considers it extremely important to ensure that drivers can recharge electric car batteries in a time comparable to that of traditional fuel.StoreDot technology is already being actively tested by global electric car manufacturers.In particular, in April it was reported that Volvo Cars was investing in the development of a new level of batteries.Daimler Trucks and Vietnam's VinFast are also participating in joint projects with the Israeli startup.
Natron to launch mass production of sodium-ion batteries with 50,000 charging cycles in 2023
Natron is partnering with Clarios to launch production of safe sodium-based batteries with long life cycles and short charging times - mass production will start next year in the US.It is important that sodium-ion batteries do not use scarce and quite expensive lithium.Image source: NatronThe market is now based on lithium cells, and most of the supply chain belongs to China, which cannot but worry the U.S.and its allies.In addition, there are simply not enough proven reserves of lithium to meet the projected demand for batteries for electric vehicles and other industries that are planning to switch to power in the coming years.Recently, media attention has regularly caught up with projects to produce sodium-ion batteries.In particular, last year, China's CATL presented its version with a specific capacity of about 160 W∙h/kg - more than half of what lithium-ion options can do.Natron California has chosen another technological process using the so-called \"Prussian blue\" - a very popular dye.Natron claims that their development provides a specific capacity average between lead-acid and lithium-ion variants.In addition, their batteries provide a 0 to 99% charge in eight minutes and have a fantastic life span of 50,000 charge cycles - about 25 times longer than lithium-ion competitors are willing to provide.In addition, the batteries will be temperature stable, safe for transportation and can be used without the risk of fire.Nevertheless, the capacity of sodium-ion batteries is still too small for use in electric vehicles - Natron does not focus on the possibility of their use in electric vehicles.Instead, the company focuses on backup power sources for data centers, forklifts and other industrial vehicles with short range, as well as all kinds of telecommunications applications.However, in electric cars the development can serve as a buffer battery between the charging station and the car, which will organize an accelerated process of ultra-fast charging vehicles.Production of batteries together with Clarios International will start early next year, at the Clarios plant in Michigan.For now, lithium-ion batteries are produced here.Natron says that sodium-ion models can be produced using the same equipment, so the company decided not to build its own plant from scratch.According to Natron, it will be the largest plant for the production of sodium-ion batteries in the world when production starts.According to the company, the wide availability of raw materials will ensure a very stable pricing - unlike lithium options, the cost of which depends on many factors, including the geopolitical situation.
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