Technological advancement has created a sharp increase in the demand for batteries. The rise in the demand table is instigated by the increase in mobile device technology down to that of electric vehicles.
You would find out today that most modern equipment and home appliances are being modified to use batteries so you do not always have to depend on electric power supply once they are fully charged.
Check the hair clippers, blenders, radios, standing fan, bulb, reading lamps etc. All these appliances use electric supply only before now or years back, but they have been modified these days to also function using built-in rechargeable or external batteries.
Battery manufacturers are left with the challenge of meeting the demand scale and many are scrambling to meet up with the market demand. New producers who have just entered the line of battery production are gradually taking over the headlines of battery production. Tesla, for instance, has a 'Gigafactory 1' which is set to produce 35 gig watts of hours of battery packs per year by 2020. This sum is enough to supply about 500,000 Tesla cars a year and it is more than what the entire world produced in 2013. Nonetheless, the manufacture of battery is set to increase around the world, from the United Kingdom to China through the Netherlands and more.
Now, you might wonder: "What technolog(ies) are packaged to help boost the manufacturing of batteries in years to come?" Well, we might just have the answer you want. This article will discuss three of these technologies.
Batteries that are Lithium based are quite difficult to produce in bulk. Its difficulty is further complicated by the fact that blemishes in lithium-ion batteries cause early failure or it may cause fire. The recent battery fiasco of the notoriously unpredictable Galaxy Note 7 has instigated an increased monitoring and testing of battery technology. And in order to avert other future disasters, the scrutiny of battery products is set to continue
This, therefore, implies that condition control in facilities deployed for battery production is of utmost importance. This is the point where an optimized humidity control becomes necessary.
Extreme humidity levels which are specified are needed for the manufacturing of battery.
The humidity level should at least be less than 1%RH. Establishing dry rooms and production of specialist equipment by companies has assisted manufacturing firms (that are into battery production) in maintaining the exacting conditions needed for optimal manufacturing speed.
Novel Battery Technologies
This is because the technology has kept proving its utility level by offering solid cycle durability and reasonably high capacities. It is, however, gradually becoming lucid that for a future that requires better consumer technology and uses electronic vehicles, Li-on batteries might not measure up in terms of efficiency. This explains why huge investments are being made in alternative battery technologies.
Batteries with solid state have been patronized and favored by auto-manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Toyota as a result of their durable lifespan and ability to resist fire accidents. There is also a great interest in aluminum-ion batteries, lithium-sulphur and metal-air batteries.
In the nearest future when they would be standardized production techniques for these batteries, there is bound to be dramatically reduced production times.
Although most of the global battery production is already automated to a certain degree, it still needs to become less expensive and faster in order to commensurate with the predicted increase in global battery demand. This should enable it to hit targets markets around the globe.
These innovations cannot however not come at the expense of the quality and safety of batteries being manufactured. This, therefore, explains why the future of battery production will exist in fully integrating and fully automating product lines.
It is worthy to note that as a result of optimized machine learning algorithms and the advent of what is popularly known as 'soft robots' which have the ability to handle fragile or dangerous materials in a safer manner, there has been a fast and thick advancement in the field of robotics.
Dehum, or Sorption Wheel Services, are a leading UK producer and supplier of humidity control and accelereted drying systems. Dehum have years of experience servicing big clients such as Coke, Pfizer, McLaren, GSK and Airbus with reliable and high-performance humidity control equipment and machines.
Given these facts, it is obvious that there are great prospects in the future of battery production and battery consumers are bound to enjoy greater and better durability and other services from their batteries.