Natron wants to mass produce sodium ion batteries with 50000 charging cycles

Natron wants to mass-produce sodium-ion batteries with 50,000 charging cycles in 2023

Natron is working with Clarios to bring safe, long-lasting, fast-charge sodium-based batteries to market, which will begin mass production in the US next year. Importantly, sodium-ion batteries do not consume scarce and quite expensive lithium.

    Image source: Natron

Image source: Natron

Now the market is lithium cell based, with most of the supply chain owned by China, which must worry the United States and its allies. Additionally, there simply aren’t enough proven reserves of lithium yet to meet the projected demand for batteries for electric vehicles and other industries looking to transition to electric power in the years to come.

Sodium-ion battery manufacturing projects have recently received regular media attention. In particular, the Chinese CATL last year presented its version with a specific capacity of about 160 Wh/kg – more than half of what lithium-ion options are used for.

Natron of California has opted for a different technological process, the so-called. “Prussian blue” – a very popular dye. Natron claims their design offers a specific capacity that’s midway between lead-acid and lithium-ion options. In addition, their batteries offer a 0 to 99% charge in 8 minutes and an absolutely fantastic runtime of 50,000 charge cycles – about 25 times longer than lithium-ion competitors are willing to offer. In addition, the batteries are temperature-stable, safe to transport and can be used without the risk of fire.

However, the capacity of sodium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles is still too low – Natron is not focusing on the possibility of their use in electric vehicles. Instead, the company focuses on backup power supplies for data centers, forklifts and other short-range industrial vehicles, and all types of telecom applications.

In electric vehicles, however, the development can serve as a backup battery between the charging station and the car, enabling an accelerated process of ultra-fast vehicle charging.

Batteries that Natron is co-branding with Clarios International will start at the Clarios plant in Michigan early next year. To date, lithium-ion batteries have been produced here. Natron claims that the production of Sodium-Ion models can be organized using the same equipment, which is why the company decided not to build its own factory from scratch. According to Natron, when production starts, it will be the largest factory for sodium-ion batteries in the world.

According to the company, the wide availability of raw materials will allow for very stable pricing – unlike lithium options, the cost of which depends on many factors, including the geopolitical situation.

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