Toshiba develops high-energy density and ultra-rapid recharging lithium battery
As a leader in the Lithium-ion battery industry, Toshiba has revealed the development of its new SCiB battery that offers both high-energy density and ultra-rapid recharging capabilities.
The next-generation battery will be able to provide some compact electric vehicles with 320km of driving from just six minutes of charging.
This is three times the distance that is available from current lithium-ion batteries, with such great increases made possible through the use of the new titanium niobium oxide anode material that has double the storage compared to traditional graphite-based Lithium batteries.
Toshiba’s current range of SCiB batteries are renowned for their reliable operational characteristics, acting as safe, long life and rechargeable batteries, often used in electric vehicles and infrastructure applications such as elevators and power plants.
However, this new battery could make significant headway in the market if developed successfully.
“We are very excited by the potential of the new titanium niobium oxide anode and the next-generation SCiB™,” said Dr. Osamu Hori, Director of Corporate Research & Development Centre at Toshiba Corp.
“Rather than an incremental improvement, this is a game changing advance that will make a significant difference to the range and performance of EV.”
Testing has revealed that the new battery stays true to the SCiB series, with the ability to operate at 90% capacity after as many as 5,000 charge cycles, as well as being able to operate at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
Toshiba hopes that with continued success in improving the battery’s performance, the next-generation SCiB is expected to be released by the end of 2019.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.