New battery tech could revolutionise EV industry
A new technology developed by Purdue University in Indiana, USA could enable EV drivers to recharge vehicles without the need of a charging station.
According to the researchers, the solution could provide an “instantly rechargeable” method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refuelling a car.
Dubbed the Ifbattery, the technology is particular interesting as it doesn’t require a charge station to refuel and works instead as a flow battery, which simply requires a top up of fluid electrolytes, much like filling up a petrol tank. It is theorised that the used fluids would remain clean and could be collected and recharged at any solar, wind or hydroelectric plant. In short, the technology looks a lot like a clean version of today’s fossil fuel consumption.
Uniquely, this technology removes the needs for membranes, which are where much of a battery’s traditional cost and vulnerability stems from.
“Membrane fouling can limit the number of recharge cycles and is a known contributor to many battery fires,” said John Cushman, Purdue University distinguished professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary science and a professor of mathematics. “Ifbattery’s components are safe enough to be stored in a family home, are stable enough to meet major production and distribution requirements, and are cost effective.”