Toshiba nearly became bankrupt buying into shoddy nuclear energy projects. This battery could lead its way to a corporate recovery. This is a short but important story. Key points
- Fast charge
- 5000 plus cycles retaining 90%
- Greater energy density
6 minutes of charging.
This week, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba unveiled a new battery that they developed using a new “titanium niobium oxide” anode material. The company claims the new battery, which is aimed at the automotive market, can enable 200 miles (320 km) of range on an electric car with just 6 minutes of charging.
Its next-generation li-ion battery is the latest iteration of their ‘SCiB’ batteries launched back in 2008. They claim that the new titanium niobium oxide anode material introduced in the new generation has “doubled” the lithium storage. That’s just one of many claims that Toshiba is making about the new battery:
“The new battery also offers high energy density and ultra-rapid recharging characteristics, and its titanium niobium oxide anode is much less likely to experience lithium metal deposition during ultra-rapid recharging or recharging in cold conditions—a cause of battery degradation and internal short circuiting.”
Dr. Osamu Hori, Director of Corporate Research & Development Center at Toshiba Corporation, commented on the announcement:
“We are very excited by the potential of the new titanium niobium oxide anode and the next-generation SCiBTM. Rather than an incremental improvement, this is a game changing advance that will make a significant difference to the range and performance of EV. We will continue to improve the battery’s performance and aim to put the next-generation SCiBTM into practical application in fiscal year 2019.”
The claims are coming from a corporation rather than a lab and they have a working prototype battery. This makes it a lot more real rather than optimistic wistful thinking from engineers and scientists hoping for some funding. A 2019 launch is not far away. The real advantage for this technology is public transport and taxi’s where rapid charging time is needed.