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Ultra-Thin, Flexible Solid-State Battery with Integrated Solar Energy Harvesting

by CBusch

Article by ITN Energy, Lucintech, and ENrG Inc on a commercial application of Thin-E Strate

Tue, Jun 12th 2018 04:35 pm

Abstract:

With funding from the FlexTech Alliance, ITN Energy Systems and ENrG Inc. have demonstrated promising new thin, solid-state lithium rechargeable batteries (SSLB) capable of providing the high power and energy required for many flexible electronics, wireless devices/sensors, wearables, medical devices, unmanned vehicles, portable power, etc. Combining ITN’s SSLB with ENrG’s ultra-thin flexible ceramic solves the capacity and packaging issues that have thus far limited the thin film battery technology to niche applications. With a capacity up to 100 mAh in a thickness less than 250 microns, including hermetic packaging, the new SSLB enables energy density greater than 1,000 Wh/l while maintaining the benefits of enhanced safety and durability provided by the all solid state chemistry. Results are also presented for a new Flexible Integrated Power Pack (FIPP) that adds in-field solar recharging by combing the SSLB with Lucintech’s high efficiency CdTe solar cells.

Full Article: /documents/Conference Presentations/2018/ITN FIPP Paper for PowerSources.pdf

Power Point Presentation of the Article:

/documents/Conference Presentations/2018/Power Sources Conference 06_12_18.pdf

 

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As a ceramic, 3YSZ is inert, of high purity, tolerates processing temperatures to 1200°C, and with its low thermal mass can tolerate high thermal shock during deposition or coating processes.

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