A promised magic bullet for energy storage called the Ryden Dual Carbon Battery is being promoted by a start-up called Power Japan Plus (PJP).
The lithium-ion battery has a carbon anode and cathode and it is being presented by people including the man who developed batteries for the Toyota Prius and Tesla Model S as having all the right stuff.
Claimed qualities for the battery includes low cost, potential for maybe 300 miles EV range, and no need for cooling systems because it does not change temperature one iota during operation.
Also, it can be recharged 20-times faster than a conventional li-ion battery, and is good for 3000 discharge cycles in its lifetime
If that is not enough, the only active material used in the battery is carbon. It thus needs no rare earth metals and contains no nickel, manganese, or cobalt.
So far we’ve heard of no automakers who’ve signed on for it, but it is being presented as a plug-in car solution, is surely on their radar, and that of the Department of Defense assuming its attributes are verifiable.
Note also the AA sized cell meaning this battery could be used in consumer electronics and all sorts of other applications.
The electrolyte is a proprietary and patented organic compound containing lithium ions.
The carbon anode and cathode are derived from cotton fibers.
No, the carbon is not carbon fiber, but that’s correct, cotton fiber.
One of the leaders of the project is Kaname Takeya, who developed chemistries that gave the world the Prius and Model S, and now he’s saying this new battery will be a next leap forward.
According to a write-up by Extreme Tech, PJP has said it could sell the battery to third parties including possibly to competing interests.