A new study by Chinese scientists demonstrates a new approach to improving the performance of batteries and capacitors.
Researchers have developed a simple yet effective way to produce a material with excellent performance in devices that use lithium-ion storage.
Energy storage technologies are becoming increasingly important as the world moves towards carbon neutrality, seeking further electrification of the automotive and renewable energy sectors. Lithium-ion technology is critical to enabling this shift.
“Among all available candidates, energy storage devices using lithium-storage chemistry, such as lithium-ion batteries and lithium-ion capacitors, could provide the best performance at the current stage,” said study author Han Hu, a research fellow at Institute of New Energy, China University of Petroleum.
However, lithium-ion technology for energy storage is limited by its efficiency relative to its size. The 2021 study cited by the authors argues that to increase the market competitiveness of electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries need to become more efficient in both weight and volume.
Therefore, further improvement of storage capacity could be the key to achieving carbon neutrality goals, making research on the performance of lithium-ion batteries and capacitors using new materials of paramount importance.