The Next-Gen Battery Tech CIOs Need to Focus on

The Next-Gen Battery Tech CIOs Need to Focus on

By Energy CIO Insights | Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Battery technology companies have been continuously experimenting to discover chemistries that can be cost-effective, denser, lighter, and extremely powerful. CIOs need to keep their eyes open to use the upcoming futuristic battery technologies, which come with a transformative perspective.

FREMONT, CA: Battery technology is the matter of much focus since a few years as the automotive manufacturers move away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles toward hybrid and electric batteries. Soon enough, companies and people will be seen using cells that take only seconds to charge and have an unparalleled life span. But CIOs need to overcome the challenges to adopt battery technology changes first. The world requires additional power in a clean, eco-friendly, and renewable form. The industry of energy storage in the present time is shaped with lithium-ion batteries, which is at the cutting edge of such technology, and there is a lot to know about them.

Lithium-ion technology has played a significant role in upping the growth among the car manufacturers. It delivers a high-energy density and charging preservation capacity along with a low maintenance requirement. But it cannot be denied that sooner or later, it might reach its limitations.

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CIOs need to invest in lithium-ion cells and protect the circuitry to make sure that they do not get overcharged and stay within safe operating boundaries. Like humans or other living objects, they undergo aging, and the storage system often hampers battery life, making it more expensive than others. 

Therefore, CIOs need to plan for better and more sustainable battery technology to integrate into hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs). Companies will meet the much-awaited demand for EVs within a few years with efficient battery capacity. Here are five technologies that the CIOs need to keep their eyes wide open for:

Lithium-Ion Batteries:

Researchers in 2016 found out that it is possible to increase the tensile strength of nanowires, which can be used to expand the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries. It is a fact that nanowires have very high conductivity and a vast surface area. In spite of that, they are considered fragile as they do not hold up well to the recurring discharging and recharging. Nonetheless, it was found that by applying a coat of gold nanowire in a manganese dioxide shell and covering it in an electrolyte can make it reliable, flexible, and challenging to cracking. Besides, it can perform hundreds of thousands of cycles without a single loss of power or its capacity.

Lithium-Metal Batteries:

A lithium-metal battery overcomes the restrictions of lithium-ion by securely inserting a metal on the anode. Mainstream lithium-ion batteries make use of carbon anodes, which have limited storage capacity. Soon these batteries will be able to function with lesser charging time and improve the battery’s life-cycle to gain a more substantial market presence.

Solid-State Lithium-Ion:

These varieties of batteries can help the CIOs to include more cells in the existing packs as they offer quick charging times and better heat resistance. They also require lesser room for temperature control over the lithium-ion counterparts. The batteries get entirely charged in just minutes, which is ideal for vehicles.

Graphene Batteries:

Graphene battery technology includes a thin sheet of carbon atoms in a pattern similar to a honeycomb. It provides improved performance with the help of its conductive properties, vast surface area, flexibility, and little weight. The graphene batteries can exceed the performance of lithium-ion ones, and they can have the ability to charge and discharge around 30 times quicker than a regular lithium-ion battery.

Aluminum-Air Battery:

Before a few years, an electric car hit a range of nearly 1,000 miles just on a single charge. The battery technology, which was given many credits for the feat was aluminum-air. It makes use of naturally occurring oxygen to pack its cathode and then makes the battery extensively lighter than any other liquid-filled lithium-ion ones. The timely replacement of the battery can be the only shortcoming of the tech in the go-green era. CIOs can recycle the batteries and keep track of the number of times they have repurposed.

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