I'm always keen to read about innovative new energy storage technologies and projects. I've had a particular interest in sodium-ion batteries since Hyperion partnered with Faradion, a UK based sodium-ion battery manufacturer to recruit their Head of Cell Manufacturing last year. Sodium-ion batteries have huge potential as a rival to Lithium-ion as their materials are much more abundant leading to much lower costs. This could be realised when they are manufactured at scale. I'll be keeping an eye on this project as hopefully it can lead to many more similar projects proving sodium-ion can compete with lithium. Watch this space.
“Sodium-ion batteries are a potential game-changer because the materials are much more abundant than those for traditional lithium-ion batteries, reducing the cost of the raw materials as well as reducing reliance on scarce, expensive lithium. “Critically, this project will deliver commercial-scale and ready-for-manufacture sodium-ion battery technology that allows lower-cost distributed renewable energy supply to become a reality.” Professor Dou said. The smart sodium storage solution project will be instrumental in developing the entire supply chain including the product design, development and manufacturing process. The approach of piggybacking on established lithium-ion manufacturing and production processes is also a clever way of not only overcoming the difficulties of such a new technology but the approach will assist in bringing forward sodium-ions demonstration and wider use for storage in Australia and the world.