Dual carbon battery technology promises charging 20x faster than lithium-ion batteries

Dual carbon battery technology promises charging 20x faster than lithium-ion batteries

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By eeNews Europe

The Ryden dual carbon battery makes use of novel chemistry that sees both the anode and the cathode made of carbon.

“Power Japan Plus is a materials engineering company for a new class of carbon material that balances economics, performance and sustainability in a world of constrained resources,” said Dou Kani, CEO of Power Japan Plus. “The Ryden dual carbon battery is the energy storage breakthrough needed to bring green technology such as electric vehicles to mass market.”

The Ryden battery claims to balance a breadth of consumer demands previously unattainable by single battery chemistry, including performance, cost, reliability, safety and sustainability.

Energy dense, the Ryden battery claims to charge 20 times faster than lithium ion batteries and is also more higher-potential than other advanced batteries, operating above 4V.

The new battery is capable of slotting directly into existing manufacturing processes, requiring no change to existing manufacturing lines. Even more, the battery allows for consolidation of the supply chain, with only one active material – carbon. Additionally, manufacturing of the Ryden battery is under no threat of supply disruption or price spikes from rare metals, rare earth or heavy metals.

The Ryden battery claims to be the first ever high performance battery that meets consumer lifecycle demand, rated for more than 3,000 charge/discharge cycles.  The battery also claims to be the safest high performance battery chemistry ever developed. The Ryden battery eliminates the unstable active material used in other high performance batteries, greatly reducing fire and explosion hazard. Even more, the battery experiences minimal thermal change during operation, eliminating the threat of a thermal runaway. The Ryden battery can be 100% charged and discharged with no damage to the battery.

The battery also has a number of sustainabilty benefits and contains no rare metals, rare earth metals or heavy metals, and is 100% recyclable, vastly improving the cradle-to-cradle sustainability of an advanced battery. Power Japan Plus is testing the Ryden battery with its organic Carbon Complex material, working towards the goal of producing the battery with all organic carbon in the future.

“Current advanced batteries have made great improvement on performance, but have done so by compromising on cost, reliability and safety,” said Dr. Kaname Takeya, CTO of Power Japan Plus. “The Ryden dual carbon battery balances this equation, excelling in each category.”

Power Japan Plus will begin benchmark production of 18650 Ryden cells later in 2014 at the company’s production facility in Okinawa, Japan. The facility will allow the company to meet demand for specialty energy storage markets such as medical devices and satellites. For larger demand industries, such as electric vehicles, Power Japan Plus will operate under a licensing business model, providing technology and expertise to existing battery manufacturers to produce the Ryden battery.

Power Japan Plus is developing the dual carbon battery technology in partnership with Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.  

Beyond the dual carbon battery, Power Japan Plus is creating a new, drop-in material with the world’s first and only organic carbon material – Carbon Complex. Made of naturally grown organic cotton, Carbon Complex claims to offer novel properties not seen in other carbon material. By controlling the size of the carbon crystals during production, Power Japan Plus can engineer the Carbon Complex for a variety of high performance applications.

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