Researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology have found a way to improve the capacity of conventional batteries by 300-500%.
This advancement will allow boost performance of electric vehicles (EVs), allowing drive time to increase upwards of 1000KM on a single charge.
The new technology makes use of silicon nanoengineering, as the properties of silicon allow for greater energy capacity than normal graphite batteries.
The Norwegian scientists have discovered the correct proportions and structure of the engineered silicon- graphite mix, to maximise silicon content while minimising breakage, so that the battery is stable over time.
Researchers previously attempted to use silicon however, due to the highly variable mixture composition, the battery would degrade too quickly.
“You can say we’ve found the X-factor we’ve been looking for. This has enormous potential and is something scientists all over the world are trying to accomplish,” research director Arve Holt at the Institute of Energy Technology says.
The batteries will undergo industrial testing before being fully commercialised by Kjeller Innovation under the project name SiliconX.
One of the most significant problems facing today's electric vehicles is limited range. Scientists and researchers are trying to identify the solution with highest capacity, lowest rate of degradation with least production costs.