Everyone knows that today’s lead acid, lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride batteries are much more efficient than they had been ten years ago. The bad part of these batteries is that they are expensive, heavy and there’s the risk of a short circuit and catching fire. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Leichester found a way to solve these issues.
Scientists involved in the PolyZion research project have come up with next generation zinc plastic batteries that are safer, lighter, cheaper and long lasting, perfect for use in electric and hybrid vehicles.
“The resulting battery device will be low cost, have low environmental impact and have the energy and power density necessary to compete with alternative battery technologies in the HEV and EV markets,” according to the PolyZion website.
As the researchers said, the new type of zinc-plastic battery would be easier on the planet to produce and will be made of environmentally friendly electrolytes. Unlike lithium-ions, the charge-discharge efficiency would be greater than 90 percent even after 1,000 cycles. The entire project costs around $4.7 million.