MONDAY 18 APRIL, 2011 |
Printed Battery Technology Unveiled
Using a technology similar to printing solar cells, Xerox's Palo Alto Research
) has developed a
process to "print" batteries with the potential for far more energy storage capacity
than lithium ion batteries.
Metal air batteries, such as the lithium
, have the potential to to provide more energy capacity than lithium ion
batteries, however this is dependent on the development of air cathodes that support the power
density in order for it to be viable in applications where economy, space and
weight are major issues - such as electric vehicles.
PARC says it has developed a process using co-extrusion printing to deposit thick films of
functional battery materials onto substrates, which provides up to10 times the air-breathing surface area of conventional electrodes.
The pastes of functional materials can contain water-repelling materials such as
Teflon interleaved with hydrophilic ("water-loving") electro-catalyst
The deposition can be as narrow as several microns wide and as high as several
PARC is interested in further developing the technology with commercialisation partners in the battery and fuel cell industries or in the materials or equipment markets that
service the sector.
PARC has a long history of technology innovation and research, spanning back
over 40 years. The company is also behind the second generation of solar
concentrators such as those used in the solar
farm at Alice Springs airport
, which was the first solar electricity
generation facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
PARC also invented "electronic reusable paper" in 2000, a thin,
flexible material that can display graphics and text when an electric charge is
applied to it.
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