New EV Battery Systems Could Improve “Efficiency”

Academic researchers are claiming the new lithium-tellurium batteries they have been researching and developing could offer “significant” operational improvements for EVs from lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers Toshinari Koketsu, Benjamin Paul, Chao Wu and Ralph Kraehnert have written that when they tested the batteries, they found “long-term cyclability tests involving 1000 charge/discharge cycles at 10C rate delivered an unprecedented specific capacity … at 100% efficiency”.

Deer Horn Capital (DHC), an environmentally-focused investment fund that invests heavily in the production of both lithium and tellerium, has suggested that this shows adoption of such batteries could be beneficial to the EV sector, which it expects to expand greatly. It is basing this suggestion on a reported 72% increase in EV sales in the US in 2017, and an International Energy Agency study predicting that 125 million EVs will be operating globally by 2030.

DHC CEO Tyrone Docherty says he believes tellurium can solve “major technology and societal problems”, of which one is the currently flawed use of ion in car battery construction. As a result, his fund expects exploitation of the commodity to rise exponentially in the years ahead, and this is why it is investing in it so heavily.


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