Batteries are the lifeblood of our smartphones, electric vehicles, and other technological devices. While lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the most widely used, there are several emerging alternatives that could address the limitations and problems of Li-ion technology.
A rechargeable Li-ion battery consists of a cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte medium. When a Li-ion battery is drained, lithium ions move from the anode to the cathode, creating a flow of electrons that power electronic devices. The process is reversed when the battery is charged. However, Li-ion batteries have their drawbacks.
To overcome the limitations of Li-ion batteries, researchers and tech companies are exploring alternatives. Some notable alternatives include sodium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, solid-state batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells.
AMTE Power plc (LON:AMTE) is a recognised brand in the production of high-quality lithium-ion batteries across a range of markets including automotive, aerospace, defence, oil & gas and energy storage. They have been been producing cells for over 30 years at their factory in Scotland, which can trace its roots back to the birth of lithium-ion battery cell technology, first patented in the UK.