Gallery: German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge a...


Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion batteries yet. The super li-on batteries herald a bright future for energy storage systems, and in an electric vehicle they’re expected to retain 85% of their capacity after being charged every day for “about 27.4 years.”

After 10,000 complete charging and discharging cycles, with a complete charge and discharge cycle per hour, these lithium-ion batteries still retain more than 85% of the initial capacity. This means that an electric car with those batteries could be fully charged every day for about 27.4 years and still be going strong. The power density of these batteries, which measures the available power per unit of weight, is also very high at 1,100 watts per kilogram. For an electric vehicle, this means short charging times and a superior acceleration capability.

The small cells are produced in a plant in the ZSW Laboratory for Battery Technology and are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Next, the scientists want to develop electrodes for large prismatic lithium batteries that could be used to store power from wind and solar systems.


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  1. Lando December 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Man some of you guys are negative. I\’m all for ANY sort of new innovation because you never know where it may take us. Go back to your caves neg people. You\’d probably be happier there.

  2. December 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    so we have lithium ion batteries that are going to change the world! First off batteries are pretty much the most environmentally dirty things we produce. Next we have to be able to dispose of these things. Next we need to burn natural gas or coal to charge these batteries. Next and most important we need to make all of this economical I order to make it work.

  3. Badie Sedki September 11, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Awesome innovation

  4. George Bayrami August 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Think of the pony express. Did the rider wait for the horse to rest before he rode off? No, he jumped on a new horse. The rider is the car and the horse is the battery.

  5. Corey Lake August 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    This also means energy from wind and solar can now be stored for future usage.

  6. Albini-Patrick Lapierre July 18, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Regardless of the efficiency or authenticity of this new ingenious invention, our world has unfortunately been highjacked by the oil industry for nearly a century. The idea to consume more instead of less, the build-in obsolescence, and the repression of knowledge are nothing less than crimes against humanity.

  7. Thomas Turk July 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    And.. Tesla had a tower generating free wireless elctricity , that in Colorado, that in 1922 the US Govt ordered to be dismantled. Garrett in the USA, in 1935, patented in car produced hydrogen to fully power the vehicle. In the 1970s Prof Tom Beardon had a motionless electrical generator patented. Nobody dared produce. In the 1970s a Swiss scientist had 200 trucks and tractors running only on hydrogen. The corrupt Swiss Govt ordered them dismantled. Stan Meyer in the 90s had a hydrogen beach buggy. He was murdered.

    Whats this ion battery hot air all about then, Taz, eh??

  8. Poobear July 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

    “I am sick of hearing of innovations I don’t get to see. its really just blowing smoke “.

    But it’s not blowing smoke. There are unbelievable advances all around the world in all fields. Things that would blow your mind. These things are legitimate. They work! The problem is getting it to the market on a planet that is controlled by people that have everything to lose if your product succeeds.

    It extends to every field and industry on earth. It happens on the local, state, national and international levels. It’s not conspiracy theory, It’s how the world really works.

    If you designed a fuel system for a car that is ten times more efficient than current systems (which has been done and patented many times) Do you really believe the oil industry is going to promote a product that will result in a 90% net loss in profits? Do you really believe you have a chance in hell of getting your product to the market? Not when former Oil industry executives become United Stated Presidents.

    They entire Car manufacturing industry was easily defeated by the the Oil industry when they attempted to promote electric cars. If the billion dollar car industry can’t bring their ideas and products to market, what chance do a few scientists in Germany, or a solo inventor in his garage have?

    It’s not conspiracy theory, It’s how the world works.

  9. Sanuk Yim July 16, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I dont know how far this story is true, but I agree we should have some sort of energy conservation, as the sources are getting depleted quickly.

  10. lindsay June 16, 2013 at 3:29 am

    By the time it comes to market it will be obsolete

  11. Bob Dillman June 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I am sick of hearing of innovations I don’t get to see. its really just blowing smoke .

  12. yarniac June 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I wonder how long before Big Oil buys this so they can sit on the technology?

  13. quatermass June 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Great. So we’ve figured out how to charge a battery quickly, how to get them to last more than 3 years and how to make them far cheaper.

    But do we really need to wait 8-10 years before we see these in real products?


  14. Christ Jan Wijtmans June 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

    27 year is enough time to recycle it and replace it with a better one 😉

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