Undeniably, electrification is the future. But, as we are thinking of transitioning from fossil fuels to all electric, there is a dire need to build a sound infrastructure first.
When it comes to decarbonizing transportation, we need better batteries with increased drive range, reduced charging time, and improved safety, all at a lower cost. This is what exactly Addionics has brought to the market.
Addionics was incepted with a strong mission to revolutionize the energy storage industry by building the best battery architecture on the market. It aims at unlocking the full potential of energy storage for a range of applications, including electric vehicles, aviation and defense, consumer electronics, medical devices, and renewable energy.
How It all Started?
It all started seven years ago, when Moshiel Biton, the CEO of Addionics, was working on his Ph.D. in material engineering at Imperial College London. During that period, Samsung had a huge problem with their Galaxy Note 7 phones, as they were randomly catching on fire. Moshiel, along with his colleagues, started exploring why the phone’s battery was combusting.
Eventually, they were the first team in the world to investigate the issue in real-time and ended up making a surprising discovery that they thought could revolutionize the way batteries are designed. They found that the battery issues in the Galaxy Note 7 were due to a known chemical phenomenon of metal dendrites, which are metal spikes that can grow inside batteries and make holes from within.
Through their research, Moshiel and his team realized that the dendrites’ unique structure and their way of growing inside the battery can actually be used to their benefit. He felt very motivated to pursue this idea, which resulted in the inception of Addionics
A Take on Electrification
According to Moshiel, with climate change problems and the rising interest in green energy and our everyday life becoming digitized, electrification will be a part of every industry. However, battery performance and innovation hasn’t kept up with this transition. The key performance of battery capacity, charging time, safety, lifetime, and battery costs are insufficient today.
Moreover, when talking about electric vehicles, range anxiety is a big issue preventing wider adoption. To get more energy, you need more batteries, which means more weight and paradoxically eventually reduced range while increasing overall costs.
For renewable production, we need to store the energy before supplying it to the grid. The world needs a huge amount of safe and cheap batteries in order to move to 100% renewable energy production.
Moshiel asserts,“While most efforts to enhance battery performance to date have been focused on battery chemistry, this has only led to incremental changes over the past 30 years. The key to the next step-change in battery performances lies within its structure.”
Through its unique focus on battery physics, Addionics is creating the next generation of energy storage. The chemistry-agnostic solution allows improving the capacity, charging time, safety, lifetime, and cost of batteries. The physics-based solution is unique due to its ability to improve any kind of battery chemistry in the market, existing or emerging. The company already demonstrated. This technology is also compatible with the potential of next-generation battery chemistries such as solid-state and silicone, accelerating electrification and a decarbonized future.
Redesigning Traditional Battery Architecture
Addionics is redesigning the traditional battery structure using smart 3D electrodes. The advanced 3D electrodes are produced in-house by a cost-effective and scalable metal fabrication manufacturing process, which is the company’s main IP. The Smart 3D Electrodes are able to improve all key parameters of the battery simultaneously, with no tradeoff. The design supports the higher loading of active material while reducing the internal resistance and improving mechanical stability and heat dissipation.
The company also uses an AI-based optimization algorithm to predict the best structure according to application and accelerate the development process. Addionics’ product is a drop-in solution and can be fully integrated into any battery assembly line. This revolutionary approach creates a significant step-change in the performance of all key battery characteristics simultaneously at a cheaper cost of ownership.
Rising to Challenges
Undoubtedly, the pandemic has indirectly increased the global awareness of climate change and the actions we have to take in order to prevent a climate disaster, such as moving to EVs and green energy.
For Addionics, the pandemic only accelerated the need for better technologies and solutions for EV batteries and energy storage. Having said that, it was also challenging for the company to meet potential partners and investors, but the company managed to overcome it, as the whole industry did, by using new technologies and communication platforms. “Today it is possible to do almost everything virtually, and this is where the world is going,” says Moshiel.
A Step-change in Battery Performance
Addionics’ solution is chemistry agnostic, which means that the company can implement it into any kind of battery chemistry. It can have a positive impact by improving battery performance for many applications and industries, increasing this result for EVs as well as energy storage and renewable energy production, consumer electronics, aviation and drones, medical devices, and more.
Addionics’ vision is to implement the solution into any battery in the world, accelerate electrification, and help create a better future for all.