A startup based out of Alameda, California has recently made major advances in battery technology — advances that could change the world economy in a big way.
Sila Nanotechnolgies has raised the bar significantly in the world of batteries. They’re projecting 10-15% increases in the amount of energy companies will be able to pack into a cell by the mid 2020s, with a possible 40% increase if everything goes as planned.
Working with silicon-based anode materials, Sila has increased the energy density (increasing overall capacity and longevity) in a big way with the help of nanoparticles. In a recent partnership with BMW, Sila Nanotechnologies plans to drive the electronic car market into the future.
In the past, only small advancements have been made in li-ion battery tech. But CTO Glen Yushin has burst through the limits set by previous manufacturing processes.
“Silicon can bond with 25 times more lithium than graphite”
The use of silicon does not comes without side effects, however, as an increase in volume is correlated directly with an increase in li-ion accommodation. Meaning that the more ions the battery collects, the more the materials used for the battery itself are likely to over-stress (especially during charging). Read more about the High-Performance batteries here.
Focusing on anode nanoparticles, Sila Tech has developed a method for altering the internal structure of li-ions, preventing battery electrolyte seepage. This highly complex process has brought forth improvements of 20% over battery tech on the market today.
The process used in the production of silicon-based nano-batteries has proven to be low cost, safe, and broadly applicable. Similar technology could enter the marketplace for consumers in as little as five years, and could likely be utilized by companies abroad shortly after.
How does this affect vaping?
“Nano-batteries” could find their way into the vape industry, potentially changing the vape device forever. One the of the biggest downfalls of the li-ion style devices has been capacity and longevity. Li-Ion-powered box mods work really well on a full charge, but tend to let users down after an hour of use. And the charging times (0%-100%), leave much room for improvement.
Now imagine the same battery pack-powered devices lasting up to 40% longer on a full-charge! For example, take the Innokin Kroma-A. It has an average sized 2000mah battery pack (lithium ion). Vaped on a full charge, with a dual clapton build (we’ll say .2ohms) at 76 watts; that battery pack would last about six minutes (using a five puffs/second average) until it was completely empty.
With the help of Sila Nanotechnologies however, the same setup above could last 10-40% longer. That’s 120+ puffs instead of 70. And with the help of rapid charger technologies, users could get their device back up to 100% in half the time!
The emerging battery tech could help solve the electronic car conundrum as well; with the range of all vehicles extended further than ever have before, drivers would be more likely to consider fuel-less options as a means of transportation. And the best part is, because silicon and nanoparticles have been used to increase energy density, batteries will likely get much smaller in size!