Greener, safer, longer-life alternative to lithium batteries

 

Lithium-ion batteries are used in many of our modern devises, they can be potentially dangerous and also require the extraction of rare  earth materials using large amounts of water. 

Testing has shown rechargeable graphene aluminium ion batteries charge up to 70 times faster, last up to three times longer; are rechargeable for a larger number of cycles without deteriorating performance; and are easier to recycle than current leading lithium-ion batteries.

AIBN researchers devised technology to make graphene into more efficient electrodes for powering batteries, improving the performance of aluminium ion batteries, also providing a much safer alternative.

As well as delivering far-reaching energy storage and efficiency benefits, AIBN’s breakthrough also provides important safety and environmental advantages. 

Under a research agreement with AIBN, Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) will manufacture the battery prototypes, for use in watches, phones, laptops, electric vehicles and grid storage.