Lithium-Ion Battery Breakthrough For Electric Vehicles At Australian University

Trevor Collett | Jun 4, 2013

The University of Wollongong has reached a breakthrough with its research on lithium-ion batteries which could make electric vehicles (EVs) more viable in the near future.

The university’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM) has used a new Germanium-based material, capable of storing five times more energy than a ‘conventional’ lithium-ion battery.

Researchers at the university believe this new technology to EVs could at the very least double the distance that the car can travel on a single charge.

And the benefits don’t end there, with the new batteries bringing a significant reduction in charging times, and a relatively inexpensive manufacturing technique.

The price of Germanium is higher than materials currently used to make batteries, but Professor Zaiping Guo from ISEM is confident that prices could fall under mass production.

“The novel anode materials are very simple to synthesize and cost-effective,” Ms Guo said.

“They can be fabricated in large-scale by industry and therefore have great commercial potential.”

“We’re truly excited about this breakthrough and are looking forward to transitioning this technology to the commercial marketplace.”

As well as improvements to EVs, the new battery technology could also be used in consumer electronics - such as mobile phones and laptops - and is even capable of grid-scale energy storage.

Filed under: electric vehicle, charging station, lithium ion, electric, battery, News, university of wollongong, trevor collett

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  • aussie says,
    11 months ago
    2 likes
    ozzie ozzie ozzie oi oi oi biggrin
  • CP says,
    11 months ago
    2 likes
    I wonder how many car makers are in talks with them right now.
  • Offshore says,
    11 months ago
    2 likes
    Overseas car makers as a result of the Gillard-Swan destruction of Australian industry. Australia will invest all the money in research and then buy the end product back at 3x what it is sold for overseas.
    • Miles Sim says,
      10 months ago
      This is great news for the World Except Australia.

      Our dumb government will find a way to screw its own people over by increasing the cost of this new technology. Get me out of Australia !!! f-witts a plenty in politics.
  • mikey says,
    11 months ago
    1 like
    the only way to beat polluting petrol is to offer a vastly superior product, like this. fingers crossed, well done!
    as for gillard's record, you will be crying in a long dole queue within two years of abbott. remember then who beat the gfc and kept interest rates down.
  • FrugalOne says,
    10 months ago
    I have heard the Mitsubishi have stopped producing hybrids due to a serious battery issue, this could well be the final solution?biggrin
  • Offshore says,
    10 months ago
    1 like
    I do recall who beat the GFC. HE was the guy I voted for. Well done.
    • Ian P says,
      8 months ago
      HE did not 'beat the GFC' you twit. HIS kind (the selfish greedy ones) were the ones who created it in the first place. The reason Australia 'beat the GFC" was because of massive spending here by China and not because Rudd and co screwed up the massive spend spend spend program and debting us all up to the hilt. Get real.

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