MIT spin-off SolidEnergy has developed anode-free “lithium metal” battery

MIT spin-off SolidEnergy has developed anode-free “lithium metal” battery

According to an MIT News report, a new type of lithium battery -- an anode-free "lithium metal" battery -- has been developed by MIT spin-off company called SolidEnergy.

The MIT News report has revealed that the energy density of SolidEnergy’s new anode-free “lithium metal” battery will be double the energy density of a standard lithium-ion battery, but it will be packaged in half the size.

The report has also asserted that the anode-free “lithium metal” battery will be as safe and long-lasting as a standard lithium-ion battery.

With the report revealing that SolidEnergy has efforts underway to commence the mass production of the new anode-free “lithium metal” battery, it is being speculated that the imminent commercialization of the new type of battery will potentially make gasoline-powered cars obsolete.

About the new anode-free “lithium metal” battery, SolidEnergy CEO Qichao Hu – the inventor of the new battery – said: “With two-times the energy density, we can make a battery half the size, but that still lasts the same amount of time, as a lithium-ion battery. Or we can make a battery the same size as a lithium-ion battery, but now it will last twice as long.”

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