Researchers at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) in Jülich reported that a new phosphate compound enables solid-state batteries to be fully charged in less than an hour – or 10 times faster than before.
The new solid-state cell is also largely free of toxic substances, can be produced from inexpensive materials that are easy to process, and is more reliable and longer-lasting than conventional lithium-ion batteries.
The promising new technology could be used in a broad range of industries, including e-mobility and medical technology. “Because they do not overheat or even explode when damaged, unlike lithium-ion batteries, they would also be a safe alternative for smartphones and other mobile computers,” said Institute director Rüdiger-A. Eichel.