Novel battery technology can improve performance of lithium-ion batteries by 10-15%

Novel battery technology can improve performance of lithium-ion batteries by 10-15%

In a recent interview with MIT Technology Review, Sila Nanotechnologies CEO Gene Berdichevsky has revealed that the startup -- based in Alameda, California -- has come up with a battery technology which can potentially bring about a significant reduction in the cost of electric vehicles, by boosting the performance of lithium-ion batteries.

The battery advance on which Sila Nanotechnologies -- emerging from stealth mode in March 2018 -- has quietly focused its efforts for the past seven years involves a novel silicon-based anode material which can yield double-digit performance gains for lithium-ion batteries.

Sila Nanotechnologies has partnered with German automaker BMW to bring its battery technology on board. As part of the partnership deal, Sila Nanotechnologies will equip some of BMW’s electric vehicles with its silicon-based anode materials by 2023.

About BMW’s deal with Sila Nanotechnologies, a BMW spokesman has revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the start-up’s battery technology will apparently result in a double-digit performance gain for lithium-ion batteries. The technology can lead to a 10-15% increase in the amount of energy which can be packed into a battery cell of a given volume.

About the battery advance resulting from Sila Nanotechnologies’ efforts, Berdichevsky said that the anode materials which the startup has worked can eventually bring about a whopping 40% improvement in the performance of lithium-ion batteries.