The performance of the battery is one of the crucial aspects for the future progress of electro mobility. Currently, lithium-ion batteries with a liquid electrolyte solution represent the most widely used battery concept. As outlined in the recent article “Wer baut den Akku der Zukunft (Who builds the battery of the future)?”, authored by Jürgen Pander and published on Spiegel Online, gains regarding the energy content for this type of battery are still considered possible to a limited extent. Nonetheless, intensive research on future variants which have substantially more potential in terms of energy content, such as lithium-oxygen and lithium-sulfur batteries, is already underway. More and more, a particularly promising bearer of hope is emerging, though.
As stated in the aforementioned article, “the so-called solid state battery is considered as a ‘miracle battery’ of the future.” Martin Winter, professor of materials science, energy and electrochemistry at Universität Münster states that “if competitive solid-state batteries can be produced on an industrial scale and used in electric cars, for example, this would mean a dramatic improvement compared to the current state of the art” – but: “All those approaches are still within a stage of research and development.”
AdCo EngineeringGW acts at the forefront of this research and development, providing its customers with advanced simulation technology that is key to a better understanding of this new type of battery. The benefits for our customers are more powerful and safer batteries with shorter development times. In this context, we are currently collaborating very closely with BMW AG.