SES AI, Hyundai Motor and Kia agree to enter the next phase of their joint development contract for Li-metal batteries

This agreement marks two world firsts for SES AI: It is the first time a Lithium-Metal battery manufacturer has agreed to build a line within an automotive OEM’s facility, and it makes SES AI the only Li-Metal battery company to have two B-sample development JDAs underway. SES AI Corporation, a... Read more →

24M announced Eternalyte, a new electrolyte developed specifically for lithium-metal batteries. The proprietary, liquid electrolyte formula will enable significant improvements in the cycle life and rate capability of lithium-metal batteries for electric vehicle, energy storage and consumer applications, the company said. This new innovation builds on recent technology breakthroughs from... Read more →

QuantumScape’s solid-state lithium-metal battery technology is designed to enable greater energy density, faster charging and enhanced safety compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, the company says, lithium metal has some unique characteristics that require innovations in cell architecture—such as the uniaxial expansion of lithium metal as it plates and strips... Read more →

Saint-Gobain venture arm invests in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems

NOVA, the venture arm of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, recently invested in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems to expand the relationship between Saint-Gobain Ceramics and ION as they work together on bringing an innovative approach for battery... Read more →

Sepion Technologies opens one of largest separator coating facilities for Li-metal batteries in N America

Sepion Technologies, a leading battery product company focused on advancing lithium-metal batteries (LMBs) for electric vehicles (EVs) and e-mobility applications, opened of one of North America’s largest separator coating facilities for LMBs. This 100% renewable-energy-powered building spans 25,000 square feet, increasing Sepion’s separator coating capacity by 1,000-fold and polymer synthesis... Read more →

Researchers at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) have used an electrochemical pre-passivation method to enhance the long-term cycling stability of lithium metal anodes for Li-metal batteries. A paper on their work is published in the journal Energy Storage Materials. Seo et al. Ultrathin, large-area Li... Read more →

Sakuu Corporation announced some performance milestones for its licensable Cypress Li-Metal battery cell chemistry (earlier post) designed to integrate seamlessly into today’s roll-to-roll battery manufacturing process: 750–950 Wh/l Energy Density of active cell area 260+ Wh/kg Specific Energy 792 W/kg Specific Power (@ 3C) 3C Sustained Discharge, 10C Peak, with... Read more →

Researchers show graphyne-based membranes as promising for Li-metal battery electrode protection

Researchers from France and The Netherlands have shown that both graphyne and graphdiyne surfaces in a solid-state Li-metal battery effectively permit Li intercalation while preventing other electrolyte molecules from reaching the electrodes. A paper on their work is published in Journal of Power Sources. All-solid electrolytes could lead to a... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Group and Seoul National University open joint battery research center; focus on Li-metal and solid-state

Hyundai Motor Group announced the inauguration of its Joint Battery Research Center with Seoul National University (SNU). This collaborative effort between the Group and SNU aims to advance battery technologies and foster industry-academia cooperation to establish global leadership in the battery field. The Joint Battery Research Center began to take... Read more →

A research team at Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) has developed a high-capacity Li-metal battery with improved rate performance and stability using a one-dimensional Li-confinable porous hollow carbon host. The paper is published as a cover paper in ACS Nano. While the current Li-ion batteries generate energy by taking Li-ions... Read more →

Lilium and Livent to collaborate on R&D for high-performance Li-metal batteries

Lilium N.V, developer of the ll-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) Lilium Jet, and Livent Corporation, a producer of lithium products for the battery cell industry, will collaborate on the advancement of lithium-metal technology for use in high-performance battery cells. Lilium said that collaborating with Livent, a pioneer in lithium... Read more →

LOTTE Chemical and Soelect sign MOU for JV, GWh-grade Li-metal anode production facility

Korea-based LOTTE Chemical and US-based solid-state battery component startup Soelect recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to review the creation of a joint venture and the construction of a US$200-million GWh-grade lithium metal anode production facility in the United States by 2025. Soelect’s LiX lithium metal anode enables fast charge... Read more →

Australia-based Li-S Energy has entered into an agreement with Janus Electric to develop and to test lithium sulfur and/or lithium-metal battery cells to suit the requirements of the Janus Electric exchangeable prime mover battery packs. Janus Electric has developed a system to convert diesel powered prime mover fleets to electric... Read more →

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a lithium-metal battery that lasts for 600 cycles, far longer than other reported results. It can be fully charged and discharged 600 times before it dies. A paper on the work is published in the journal... Read more →

Stanford University scientists have proposed a design strategy for electrolytes that enable anode-free Li metal batteries with single-solvent single-salt formations at standard concentrations. Based on the results reported in a paper in the journal Nature Energy, the design concept provides a promising path to high-energy, long-cycling Li metal batteries, the... Read more →

Sion Power, a developer of high-energy, lithium-metal rechargeable batteries, said that its Licerion EV technology will have energy capacities of 420 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L when scaled to commercial design. Licerion EV is specifically designed for electric vehicle applications, focusing on high energy density, increased cycle life, and fast charging... Read more →