"In one of the most significant battery breakthroughs in recent years, the
world’s largest battery manufacturer CATL has announced a new “condensed”
battery with 500 Wh/kg which it says will go into mass production this year.
“The launch of condensed batteries will usher in an era of universal
electrification of sea, land and air transportation, open up more possibilities
of the development of the industry, and promote the achieving of the global
carbon neutrality goals at an earlier date,” the company said in a presentation
at Auto Shanghai on Thursday.
CATL’s new condensed battery will have almost double the energy intensity of
Tesla’s 4680 cells, whose rating of 272-296 Wh/kg are considered very high by
CATL chief scientist Wu Kai says the condensed battery integrates a range of
innovative technologies, including the ultra-high energy density cathode
materials, innovative anode materials, separators, and manufacturing processes,
offering excellent charge and discharge performance as well as good safety
He says the new technology breaks the limits that have long restricted the
development of the battery sector and will open up a new era of electrification
centred on high safety and light weight.
During the presentation, CATL said its working with partners on the development
of electric passenger aircraft practicing aviation-level standards and testing
in accordance with aviation-grade safety and quality requirements.
In addition to aircraft, CATL says it will soon launch the automotive-grade
version of condensed batteries which it says will also go into mass production
within this year."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics