Scientist won the Nobel prize, said that the technology to power electric vehicles, can become more powerful and cheap. At the time, his research was crucial to the development of lithium-ion batteries.
77-year-old Professor at the State University of new York Stanley Whittingham, one of three scientists jointly awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry this year. It is one of the creators of lithium-ion batteries. He’s still working to improve their quality, after more than four decades after his first achievements in the laboratory in new Jersey, when he worked at Exxon Mobil and received a patent for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
And now Professor Whittingham says that the batteries will become cheaper and more accessible for all. A study conducted by his team, will increase the energy density and simultaneously will make them more secure.
According to the scientist, further development of the technology may also contribute to efforts to combat climate change, ensuring greater use of renewable sources of energy. He described the prospects can give hope to car manufacturers.
How to improve battery technology? What can be achieved, according to Nobel laureate, this increase in energy density of twice that of the original weight or volume of the battery, the lower the price, and its real penetration in all devices. This will allow the cars to pass for much longer without charge. But perhaps more importantly, it will allow the batteries to be smaller. If you manage to double energy saving the volume that really make batteries much smaller than they are, says Whittingham.
The need for a smaller volume of materials will make production cheaper, and this should help the batteries to capture the market, said the Professor. Electric cars should be sold at this price, when the consumer sees them as a real option.
The question remains charging time of the car. For batteries there is a problem: to charge them quickly, you need a huge voltage, and this will reduce the battery life. While sellers of electricity do not particularly want to battery electric vehicles recharged very quickly. This question scientists and engineers engaged in the improvement of the technology, yet to be finalized.
According to Whittingham, the technology of lithium-ion batteries will dominate, at least for the next 10 years because what is on the horizon, nothing else. Toyota Motor Corp. and a number of American companies are working on solid-state batteries, though it’s not clear how much they will cost, and if we can provide them with a decent amount of energy.