Nanotech Energy, producer of graphene-based energy storage, has announced that its non-flammable Graphene-Organolyte batteries have been named a CES 2022 Innovation Award Winner in the Sustainability, Eco-Design & Smart Energy category. The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories.
Nanotech Energy produces non-flammable, graphene-based batteries that realize graphene’s potential to create real-world benefits, from safer, more cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly personal electronic devices to creating a more efficient way to harness renewable energy. Nanotech Energy’s proprietary electrolyte, Graphene-Organolyte, is not only stable and non-flammable — it’s also made from inexpensive materials and is easy to manufacture.
Jack Kavanaugh, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Nanotech Energy, said: “Building safer batteries is critical for the future of energy storage. Our proprietary, non-flammable lithium-ion batteries are infinitely safer and higher performing than the industry status quo, and to be recognized for these accomplishments at CES 2022, the world’s largest product technology showcase, is a significant honor.”
Nanotech Energy shared these key product details:
1. Higher performance: Nanotech Energy’s proprietary non-flammable graphene-based battery technology demonstrated more than 1400 cycles (nearly 10 years) of use for 80% cut-off, compared to a traditional lithium-ion battery’s 300-500 cycles (about two to three years). Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, Nanotech Energy’s batteries also maintain performance even during extreme weather (-40°C to +60°C / -40°F to +140°F), and decrease charge times significantly. Additionally, Nanotech Energy batteries can enable electric cars to achieve a range of more than 400 miles and operate in extreme weather conditions (heat or cold).
2. Safer: In tests, traditional lithium-ion batteries catch fire immediately when penetrated, reaching extreme temperatures of nearly 750⁰C (1382⁰F). Nanotech Energy batteries vent some fumes with a maximum observed temperature of 100⁰C, but are not flammable and do not ignite. They also hold their charge at temperatures as high as 356°F (180°C), while commercial batteries discharge their energy at nearly 230°F (110⁰C). Thermal stability is critical to preventing thermal runaway, which causes battery fires, providing a promising solution to the long-standing safety problems of lithium-ion batteries.
3. Sustainable: Traditional lithium-ion batteries are not sustainable. They have their own sustainability issues due to the lack of effective methods for recycling the valuable metals (such as nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium) that constitute the battery at the end of its life. Graphene is an abundant resource that can be produced more ethically and sustainably. Graphene also enables the use of less metals in battery manufacture, making the recycling of lithium-ion batteries more sustainable. Traditional lithium-ion batteries last 300-500 cycles (about two to three years); Nanotech Energy’s proprietary non-flammable graphene-based battery technology demonstrated more than 1400 cycles (nearly 10 years), with options for more sustainable models that are easily recycled. Additionally, by extending the lifetime of the battery from two to three years to more than ten years, Nanotech Energy’s batteries promise to produce more sustainable energy storage systems due to the use of fewer batteries.