John Goodenough isn’t a family identify, but nearly all of households within the developed world make use of his discoveries nearly each day. It was Professor Goodenough who oversaw the most important breakthrough in lithium ion battery expertise throughout his time at Oxford College the place he brewed the key sauce for contemporary lithium batteries again within the late seventies & early eighties. Now on the age of 94 he’s introduced a followup breakthrough that may very well be of the identical magnitude.
We have now been following strong state battery expertise for a variety of years and our battery web page (revealed on Jan 1st 2014) predicted the rise of strong state batteries. This breakthrough guarantees important enhancements over at this time’s lithium ion expertise – eliminates the fireplace danger (thermal runaway), may be formed, is extra dependable, smaller, doesn’t degrade in chilly situations, has double or triple the vitality density, eliminates the dendritic (gunk) construct up on the electrodes, has for much longer life, will cost sooner and to cap all of it, manufacturing prices could also be as little as one fifth of at this time’s batteries.
The newest announcement could also be ushering within the alternative of lithium with sodium, a extra frequent and cheaper aspect, maybe bringing to an finish the age of the lithium battery. It’s nonetheless early within the piece and it usually takes some years of testing, refining and proving in the actual world earlier than a brand new expertise like this involves market. Until then lithium reigns supreme.
We don’t usually report on ‘battery breakthroughs’ as they usually promise a lot although fail to ship however Professor Goodenough is a real legend in his discipline and vastly underneath recognised for the significance he has performed in enabling the expertise that shapes our trendy world. He’s a Professor in Chemistry, Engineering and Physics (give me a break please). Right here’s slightly from Wikipedia:
“He’s at present a professor of mechanical engineering and supplies science at The College of Texas at Austin. He’s extensively credited for the identification and growth of the Li-ion rechargeable battery in addition to for creating the Goodenough–Kanamori guidelines for figuring out the signal of the magnetic superexchange in supplies. In 2014, he obtained the Charles Stark Draper Prize for his contributions to the lithium-ion battery.
Professor Goodenough is a member of the Nationwide Academy of Engineering, the Nationwide Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences, and the Actual Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales of Spain. He has authored greater than 550 articles, 85 guide chapters and critiques, and 5 books, together with two seminal works, Magnetism and the Chemical Bond (1963) and Les oxydes des metaux de transition (1973). Goodenough is a co-recipient of the 2009 Enrico Fermi Award. This presidential award is among the oldest and most prestigious given by the U.S. authorities and carries an honorarium of $375,000. He shares the dignity with Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, professor on the Administration Science and Engineering Division of Stanford College. In 2010 he was elected a International Member of the Royal Society. On February 1, 2013, Goodenough was offered with the Nationwide Medal of Science.
The Royal Society of Chemistry grants a John B Goodenough Award in his honour.”
He’s a modern-day Albus Dumbledore – sprinkles of magic, chemical brews, a professorial mad exclamation and voila – the dream strong state battery. To maintain with the Harry Potter theme Hermione Granger is performed by senior analysis fellow Maria Helena Braga who developed the glass electrolyte materials important on this breakthrough.
OK, we’re nonetheless a couple of years away besides, think about an EV with a 1,000kms vary battery the scale of a suitcase or two! The price of EVs will plunge dramatically with such expertise. Dwelling vitality storage prices will fall to the purpose of being a ‘no brainer’ plus the bonus of no blackouts. Grid scale vitality embraces the bang for the buck as battery storage turns into cheaper and extra environment friendly than any competing expertise. Strong state batteries might be arduous to compete with by any measure. They remove the shortfalls in lithium tech whereas tripling vitality density at a fraction of the price of at this time’s choices. This tech could also be commercialised by the early 2020’s and can additional speed up the disruption we’re seeing in transport and storage. It’s one other nail within the coffin of the fossil gasoline trade.
(We just lately blogged an opinion piece for the Masdar Know-how for a Sustainable Future competitors through which we said that strong state batteries could also be commercialised over the following 5 years. This announcement is a 12 months or two forward of our considering on strong state!)
Different corporations (similar to Dyson) are creating strong state batteries but it surely appears to be like as if the daddy of the lithium battery has simply outdone himself with this newest announcement. What a man! Nobel Prize anybody?
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