We are developing our solid-state lithium rechargeable technology with the aviation industry in mind. It is one of our key markets but it comes with significant technical challenges.
Current lithium-ion cell technology is not adequate for powering aircraft over long distances. Its volatility and risk of fire is a major concern. Current lithium-ion batteries remain heavy, and powering for take-off and landing is intensive which dramatically reduces flight time. Hydrogen is another option but its storage and safe distribution is a worry.
According to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Aviation and Climate Research Group, the aviation sector’s emissions of carbon dioxide accounts for 2.4% of annual global emissions and have been growing at 2.5% per year over the last twenty years. Reducing this is one of SOLiTHOR’s key aims.
Safer with SOLiTHOR
Considering that aircraft battery systems will most likely operate within a range of between 150 and 500 kWh, inherent safety and being lightweight is crucial to the success of our technology. The aircraft battery systems’ ability to harness more energy will result in a significant reduction in weight.
As SOLiTHOR moves towards adopting thinner components, not only will energy densities improve but the cell will become much lighter.
Focussing on regional aircraft
Electric aircraft need extremely high power to take off and land vertically (VTOL). Although this is difficult to achieve alongside high specific energy, we believe that SOLiTHOR's cell technology will excel in this area.
We are targeting regional jets with a journey time of up to 5 hours and using significantly faster charging routines.
It is highly likely that SOLiTHOR's cells will be deployed into regional aircraft within the next 3 to 5 years.
Urban Air Mobility transport is expected to grow US $800billion by 2040. This includes freight transportation, with just under US $200bn for enabling technologies and services, ranging from batteries for autonomous control software.— Morgan Stanley