Many new research is full of nonsense from the beginning. According to preliminary data, the lithium-sulfur battery of Brighsun New Energy from China and Australia should be entirely different kettle of fish.
According to the Oilandgas360 online publication, the new battery technology enables up to 5-8 times better energy density compared to currently used solutions. For example, in a smartphone, a battery of a similar size would power the phone for a week, while an electric car would be able to travel 2,000 kilometres on a single charge.
The battery also retains its capacity excellently after numerous charges. In the tests, after 1,700 charges, 91 per cent of the capacity was still in use, even though the charge/discharge cycle was only 30 minutes long. If the time was tightened to 12.5 minutes, the battery still had 74 per cent of its capacity after a thousand cycles.
The energy company says that it has already patented various technologies related to the manufacture of batteries. Next up is the production of a test batch of new types of cells. In Australia, the company says there are enough basic manufacturing materials for the needs of up to hundreds of years. The manufacture of batteries on an industrial scale is promised to be even cheaper than the batteries currently in use. The production lines are expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
Risto Linturi, known as a visionary in Finland, is enthusiastic about new battery technology in Finland. If the data of the battery company is correct, a 200-kilowatt-hour battery would be enough for a thousand kilometres, according to Linturi. The battery would still hold 91 per cent of its capacity after 1.5 million kilometres – a journey that would take a hundred years for a normal driver.