Dou Kani, chief executive of Power Japan Plus, has announced a new battery technology that could make present-day lithium ion cells a thing of the past.
Have you guessed yet what they’ve been using? For starters, it’s not graphene, but something more realizable. Using organic cotton and a method developed in the 1970s at Kyushu University in Japan, they modified the structure of the cotton’s carbon fiber to create unique properties not seen in any other carbon fiber material ever developed.
With this, they were able to develop a material called Carbon Complex which is used to create the anode and the cathode, while the conducting fluid is comprised of a organic electrolyte mix. No heavy metals or unstable chemicals such as lithium oxide, nickel, cobalt, etc. are used to create these batteries. They’ve made sure to stress that their batteries are created one component: carbon.
Dubbed the Ryden dual carbon battery, the folks at Power Japan Plus are making bold claims that their new product can store the same amount of energy as present batteries, but can be charged 20 times faster than the most efficient lithium ion cells on the market, while exhibiting extremely minimal temperature changes during operation, unlike lithium batteries which tend to get extremely hot and explode if they become unstable.
The company is targeting their battery towards both small and large scale uses. For instance, they can be used to power electric cars with enough juice for 300 miles of travel. With no need to battery cooling equipment, this translates to even more savings since that power could then be put towards the engine instead. They also expect the batteries to operate at peak efficiency for up to 3,000 charges which means even after years of use, electric cars could potentially have good resale value.
The company has already set up a small-scale plant on Okinawa Island and will start production of various types of batteries in June, and will start demonstrating their product’s capabilities later this year. As mentioned before, they’re targeting both small (electronic products) and large (electric vehicles, etc.) scale product implementations and hope to revolutionize the battery industry.