From the mighty Tesla Model S to the lowly Nissan Leaf., the lithium-ion battery is the heart of most electric vehicles today. Lithium-ion batteries have some disadvantages, though.
Critics of lithium-ion batteries (and there are many) have plenty of arguements in their corner. These batteries run hot – hot enough to cause the occasional fire. They take a long time to recharge. They are expensive and have a limited life cycle. When they are used up, they become potentially hazardous waste. Is this really what the world wants to depend on for its transportation needs?
The folks at Japan Power Plus don’t think so. They have just announced the all new Ryden battery, which is made primarily from cotton. Yes, you read that right, the fabric of our lives has become a battery. Ryden in Japanese translates into “god of lightning.” For the new battery, cotton fibers are modified to create a new form of carbon fiber unlike any ever seen before, according to Chris Craney, JPP’s chief marketing officer. The modified cotton forms the anode and cathode of the Ryden battery An organic fluid is used as an electrolyte.
Why is this a big deal?
Several reasons. The Ryden battery recharges 20X faster than its lithium based cousins. It lasts through many thousands of discharge cycles. It does not run at high temperatures, so no cooling system is required. All its components are organic and recyclable. Most importantly of all though, it should be cheaper than lithium-ion batteries once full scale production begins.
And when will that be? Well, the basic research dates back to the 1970’s, and JPP has been working on the project for more than 6 years. So the Ryden battery won’t be on the shelves at your local auto parts store anytime soon. But if the folks at JPP are right, their cotton battery do for electric vehicles what gasoline did for the auto industry.
If you missed out on Apple or Microsoft, this might be a good time to pick up a few shares of JPP, before everyone else finds out.