After eight years of research, Brighsun New Energy, a company present in Australia, has developed a battery for electric cars that promises 2,000 km of autonomy on a single charge. Industrial tests are already scheduled to happen.
According to the company, the new rechargeable lithium-sulfur (Li-S) equipment has an energy density five to eight times higher than that of conventional ones and is capable of maintaining 91% of its initial performance in 1,700 cycles, at a rate of 2 ° C. The highlight, however, goes to the total load time – about 30 minutes. Even under the most severe conditions of use, such as 5 ° C, a thousand cycles are necessary for the original capacity to be affected.
Companies focused on the segment explore a series of chemical combinations, using substances such as iron and lithium phosphate, cobalt and lithium oxide and, currently, nickel manganese cobalt. However, they all suffer from a series of disadvantages: high costs for the purchase of raw materials, secondary pollution during recycling and relatively low energy density. This does not seem to be the case with Brighsun’s novelty.
The company says that its creation will revolutionize the electric car market and that it can go further. Applications of technology in energy storage systems aimed at highways, ships and airplanes are not out of the question, as well as optimization of smart devices, drones and the like. Its unprecedented characteristics, according to the company, solve most of the problems of the current industry.
Batteries are nothing without quality components. For this reason, the Australian headquarters was dedicated to developing devices that provide security for electric cars, improving the life cycle of this equipment. Due to the use of widely available materials in the country where the research was conducted, it is expected that resources will not be depleted for hundreds of years – benefiting the world.
To take the idea forward, discussions with potential investors are taking place. If the talks are successful, it is possible that everything will be ready for large-scale production by the end of 2020.
Declaring a commitment to contribute to society by providing savings and reducing pollution generated by transport, Sherry Xiao, the company’s head of operations in Australia, says: “The new technology can accelerate the adoption of electric cars around the world, boosting autonomy performance improved, low cost and extended service life. In addition, it offers benefits to smartphones and the solar and electric energy storage industries, providing unique performance improvements in these sectors. ”