A Massachusetts-based startup, SolidEnergy Systems, has pulled off what seems to be the impossible, selling lithium-metal batteries commercially. The company has reportedly developed a battery that “is half the weight and has twice the energy density of current lithium-ion batteries”. Meet Hermes™.
The Hermes™ cell outperforms its Li-ion counterpart in three areas, HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) vehicles, VTOL (Vertical take-off and landing) flying transportation, and a wide range of consumer drones.
HALE aircraft can now operate during winter, over a wider latitude, and stay at a higher altitude at night, far above turbulent weather and clouds. VTOL aircrafts can carry a greater payload and travel greater distances, making electric air transportation a reality. Consumer drones can fly farther and carry a greater payload, achieving greater utility while staying below registration weight limit.
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SolidEnergy Systems has been breaking ground in the industry since 2012 with a range of applications of next-generation rechargeable batteries.
In an article published by the Korea Times, Qichao Hu, the founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems, states “from now, 2017, to 2018, 2019, and 2020, we will see the biggest breakthroughs in battery technology”.
SolidEnergy Systems‘s batteries are used in space satellites and high-altitude commercial drones.
Hu said, “drones are used to do aerial filming, such as for National Geographic content ” and “for emergency responses and fast delivery, like those used by Amazon. All these applications require new types of batteries, such as those of SolidEnergy Systems”.
Green Tech Media reports that for drone makers, drones could fly farther and longer on a single charge. The batteries are being sold in small quantities to both drone manufacturers and companies that are looking to bring wireless internet to rural areas.
To date, the company has raised about $50 million, and recently they closed on a funding round of $34 million.
For more information visit the SolidEnergy website.