The future of mobility will be largely electric, powered by fast-charging, safe, and compact batteries. But today’s rechargeable lithium-ion batteries have some room for improvement: they don’t provide enough energy for long-distance travel and take too long to charge.
That’s why imec’s researchers are working on a next generation of batteries, in which they replace the wet electrolyte with a solid one to increase the energy density of the battery. Philippe Vereecken, principal scientist and program manager at imec: “Our work proves that we can make solid-state batteries that have the potential to exceed the capabilities of wet batteries, using manufacturing processes similar to those for wet batteries.”
“The prototype we developed has a higher energy density, longer lifetime, improved safety and a shorter charging time,” Philippe continues. “These assets combined add up to a promising compact battery technology for tomorrow’s long-range vehicles.”