Improvements Ahead on the EV Horizon
One of the potential disruptions for transportation as we know is the electric vehicle. Scientists have been campaigning to abolish the negative environmental impact of gas powered vehicles, but the move has been slow going. In spite of the eco-friend energy use and reduced greenhouse emissions, electric vehicles have had minimal impact on the consumer because of a limited battery life. However, this dismal report may be on the verge of new potential as the Oregon-based company XNRGI looks to reinvent the technology of silicon wafer manufacturing to solve a battery crisis.
Battery Consumption is Problematic
The foremost complaint of an electric vehicle (EV) is poor battery quality and life. If consumers think their battery problems are bad, consider those of the manufactures. Tesla released a statement through it’s global supply manager that they are expecting a global shortage on the materials needed to create the currently used lithium-ion batteries. Even though there is validity in pointing out the economic conditions jeopardizing a steady flow of batteries in the coming years, the problem with EV’s is that a whole new battery architecture is needed. It here that XNRGI has made headway in the race for more consistent auto power.
Go Back in Time to Leap Ahead
After considering the problems with the current design that required slow recharging, researchers at XNRGI believe they have a suitable replacement for the lithium-ion battery with their own Powerchip battery. Instead of relying on a two-dimensional graphite slurry conductor, XNRGI is re-purposing the technology of silicon wafers as a conductor within the battery. Their needs require the old, thicker silicon wafers used in the early days, which already have plenty of manufacturing designs and plants available for use. This makes the wafers cheaper and more readily accessible in large quantities. The new construction using wafers helps reduce batter degradation over time and use, and increases the anode density by about 10 times the energy of a lithium-ion. Patents are already pending, and time will tell how effective this new battery power affects the EV market.