Chinese companies are known primarily for copying technology developed in other countries. Therefore, we forget that Asian countries also have smart and ambitious people who can develop new technology. These include Qing Tao Energy Development Co. startup employees. This Chinese company claims to be ready for the mass production of semiconductor batteries. They are 30% more efficient than lithium-ion batteries.
Could the Chinese manage to do something impossible? Researchers around the world are working on a new type of battery that could replace the currently used lithium-ion cells. From time to time we hear about the invention of new batteries, but these reports refer only to cells produced on a small scale (i.e. for the research purposes). The whole problem is that the mass production of new cells has to be profitable and environmentally friendly. Therefore, the company that is the first to launch a semiconductor battery factory has a chance to revolutionize the battery market. Chinese company Qing Tao Energy Development Co. claims that they did it. The developed technology allow them to produce batteries with energy density of 400 Wh/kg. It is up to 30% higher compared to the latest generation of lithium-ion batteries, whose energy density is around 250 – 300 Wh/kg.
For now, we do not know much about Chinese semiconductor batteries
We only known fact is that the Chinese startup, which works with Tsinghua University (this is one of the best universities in China), is ready for mass production of semiconductor batteries. This small company declares that it is now able to produce cells with a total capacity of 100 MWh per year. This corresponds to total capacity of about 6.5 million batteries for Samsung Galaxy Note 9. By the end of 2020, the plant’s efficiency is expected to jump to 700 MWh per year.
And that would be enough when it comes to facts. Why are we writing about it? For several years, scientists have said that semiconductor batteries will replace lithium-ion cells. Their advantages are not limited only to the higher density of stored energy. They offer also faster charging, have a negligible degradation of capacity and are more durable. Thanks to this, smartphone manufacturers will be able to exceed the barriers that result from currently used batteries. On the other hand, the automotive market will be able to develop electric cars with a much larger range.