As electric and hybrid vehicles account for a greater percentage of cars on the road, the need for cheaper and better batteries grows. MIT's
thinks Sakti3 could be the company that makes that happen, with their cutting edge "solid-state battery."Excerpt:
"To make solid-state batteries that are practical and inexpensive to produce, Sastry has written simulation software to identify combinations of materials and structures that will yield compact, reliable high-energy devices. She can simulate these materials and components precisely enough to accurately predict how they will behave when assembled together in a battery cell. She is also developing manufacturing techniques that lend themselves to mass production. "If your overall objective is to change the way people drive, your criteria can no longer only be the best energy density ever achieved or the greatest number of cycles," she says. "The ultimate criterion is affordability, in a product that has the necessary performance."
Although it may be several years before the batteries come to market, GM and other major automakers, such as Toyota, have already identified solid-state batteries as a potentially key component of future electric vehicles."
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