A new manufacturing process will allow for solid state batteries to be produced that are both more affordable and more reliable than current generation lithium-ion options.
One the world’s biggest players in the business,Applied Materials,says it has new manufacturing equipments that will allow solid state batteries to become a reality.The company is already prototyping solid state options that can hold twice the charge as Li-ion batteries without the need for the flammable liquid core.
While we have seen solid state batteries previously ,the technological demands of it make manufacturing very expensive.Traditional lithium-ion batteries use a liquid electrolyte core which is much cheaper than a solid one.Not only is the cost of layering solid electrolyte much higher,but the process up to this point isn’t very reliable with a high ratio of rejects coming off the factory line.
Alongside holding a charge for longer and being much safer,the solid state options can also be produced in much smaller form factors that can be flexible or oddly shaped.
These features open up a number possibilities for enhancing our mobile devices,and while Applied Materials isn’t saying who is interested just yet,the company has hinted that the wearable market will likely be a good fit.