Clean technology company Aceleron has developed lithium-ion batteries that are designed to be repaired and that eliminate the waste problem.
Through a compression-based approach to assembling lithium-ion batteries, Aceleron have designed sustainable battery packs using fasteners to connect the parts and complete the circuit. This makes the batteries easy to disassemble and to replace parts when needed.
The design also has the additional benefit of making the batteries safer. Typically, if one cell in a battery starts to overheat, the whole pack can ignite or explode due to the close proximity of the cells and the amount of energy being compressed into a small volume, according to The Chemical Engineer Magazine.
The sustainable battery company came into being after co-founders Amrit Chandan and Carlton Cummins dismantled and tested hundreds of lithium-ion battery packs and realised that batteries are not designed to be maintained. While lithium-ion battery storage is synonymous with renewable energy, these batteries are extremely difficult to repurpose or recycle, creating a huge waste problem.
Anticipating a future with tonnes of unnecessary battery waste, the UK-based Aceleron founders designed a battery pack which is built with sustainability in mind. The world’s most sustainable lithium battery packs in a full circular economy approach, serviceable, upgradable and recyclable.
Amrit Chandan, Co-Founder and CEO of Aceleron, said: “It’s now or never for the green transition. This is a watershed moment for Aceleron and the wider green sector. As we look to sustainably rebuild the economy in the wake of Covid-19, we are seeing governments and companies worldwide recognise that clean energy technology must play a crucial role in building back better.”
Aceleron has developed 12 V batteries, which can be used as backup power for off-grid lighting, or for leisure applications such as in campervans or watercraft. There is also a scaled-up version, known as OFFGEN, which is a 10 kWh modular system that features new cells, and has solar inverters which enable it to work with solar panels that can be used for powering homes and business. Aceleron’s batteries are designed to last for around 25 years with servicing.