This means the full Electric Car is now within easy reach. All it needs is
charging points around. Use a specifically designed engine on a generator
set, like a small rotary Atkinson cycle, and use a large bank of these
batteries and the combustion engine will rarely cut in.
They claim the discharge is the same as supercapacitors. I would rather have
supercapacitors with a high energy density storage than a battery.
Supercapacitors do not wear out, they are more efficient as there is no
state change inefficiencies when charging or discharging.
Other applications? Planes of course. CHP (cogen) in homes? Roof mounted PV
cells can charge them up and use the energy later.
Mass production will get the prices down. They could be retrofitted to
extising hybrid cars to transform them
Toshiba International Corporation, January 27, 2010 - Toshiba proudly
announces that it has established US-based sales and technical support for
its new product, the Super Charge Ion Battery, SCiBT. This nano-based
breakthrough lithium technology is noted for its rapid charging capability
of 90% charge in less than 5 minutes, long life of more than 10 years even
at rapid charge rates, and excellent safety performance. The SCiBT product
line will be supported out of the Toshiba International Corporation
headquarters in Houston, Texas and the SCiBT team will focus on business
development activities, battery pack design, prototyping, assembly,
technical support, and service.
The SCiBT battery technology offers numerous performance advantages that
make it an ideal solution for many of today's toughest energy storage
. Inherently Safe - Advanced Lithium Chemistry Based on Nano-Technology
Prevents Thermal Runaway Even Under Extreme Physical Duress
. Fast Charge Rates - Capable of Full Recharge in < 10 Minutes, 90% in < 5
. Superior life - Minimal Capacity Loss, Even After 6,000 Rapid
. Greater Usable Capacity - Up to 85% Usable Capacity Without Compromising
. High Output Performance - Equivalent Discharge Rates to those of
. Superb Low-Temperature Performance - Excels at Temperatures as Low
. Proven Production - Produced on a State-of-the-Art Automated Production
SCiBT cells comprising the battery packs will be supplied from Toshiba's
state-of-the-art automated production line in the Saku Factory located in
Nagano, Japan. Initial market development activities in the US will focus on
automotive HEV/PHEV/EV, industrial lift trucks, smart grid/grid storage,
medical equipment, wind and solar power, scooters, and UPS market segments.
Toshiba currently has two battery pack offerings commercially available, a
12 V, 4.2 Ah pack and a 24 V, 4.2 Ah pack. Both offerings are based on
Toshiba's 2.4 V, 4.2 Ah cells and include Toshiba's proprietary battery
management system, which ensures optimum performance and safety. Additional
packs are under development.