The firm hopes its invention will one day help to create long-life electric vehicle batteries that charge significantly faster than current models. Even the fastest fast charging tech takes about an hour to fully charge the device. The continual consumer demands of simultaneously higher capacity and faster charging are hard to achieve using regular lithium-ion manufacturing techniques. Unbelievable, right? It won’t be for long.
Samsung makes use of Graphene balls instead of the traditional Graphite layer to acheive more power efficiency and durability in Li-ion cells.
Goodbye to Graphite, Say Hi to Graphene! In the case of the charging time, this speed up could be particularly beneficial for electric automobiles stopping to “refuel”.
Research team from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has developed “graphene ball”, which is a battery material that improves charging capacity by 45% and charging speed by 5 times more than current lithium-ion batteries. Graphene has been garnering attention as one of the next generation materials. “Our commitment is to continuously explore and develop secondary battery technology in light of these trends”.
What does it mean for consumers?
This technology stands to play a critical role in the electric vehicle industry.
While the existing lithium-based batteries take an hour to be fully charged, the graphene-based batteries will take only 12 minutes. The graphene will be used to make a special coating called a graphene ball.
The graphene ball batteries are also reportedly capable of maintaining workload temperatures of around 60 degrees Celsius. After years and years of us complaining about battery tech never moving, Samsung may have found something fun to talk about and also look forward to.
Since the research, SAIT has filed two patent applications for the “graphene ball” technology in the USA and Korea.