A statement from the CSIRO said the tie-up would see the emergence of the next generation of lithium battery technologies for portable electronic devices, drones and automotive vehicles. It would also fill a critical safety need with lithium batteries by helping prevent battery fires.
The collaboration between the two organisations has resulted in the next generation of Solid Polymer Electrolytes for lithium batteries using CSIRO's proprietary Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer polymer technology and Piotrek's Ion Conducting Polymers.
Piotrek general manager Ihei Sada said the tie-up with the CSIRO would give his company a big advantage in the market.
“Together we will develop the world’s safest, longer life solid state high energy battery.”
CSIRO’s FASTER robot excels at accelerating discovery in commercially and industrially relevant electrochemical processes. Supplied
Solid state batteries generally use a lithium metal anode, the highest specific energy of all battery anodes. This means the batteries have twice as much energy as those produced today.
There are no volatile or flammable liquids inside the battery that can catch fire at low temperatures if the cell is damaged.
CSIRO Battery Research leader Dr Adam Best said a number of firms were active in this field and there were proposals to have solid state battery enabled devices in the market by 2025, if not sooner.
"Our RAFT technology allows us to tune our SPEs’ properties to expand their versatility for different types of batteries and fuel cells, and will also significantly reduce the cost of device assembly and manufacture,” he said.
The CSIRO’s Dr John Chiefari, a co-inventor and co-developer of the RAFT polymer technology, has worked with Professors Maria Forsyth and Patrick Howlett from Deakin University’s BatTri Hub to develop the SPEs.
He said the Piotrek collaboration would bring together battery technologies to fast-track the development of an SPE for use in high energy (4.5-5V) lithium batteries for electric vehicles and drones.
“By developing and exploiting disruptive technology platforms, we’re supporting the creation of new businesses and industries for Australia and the world,” Dr Chiefari said.
“This development will underpin the growth of high energy batteries for the electric vehicle market."