Solid-state sodium-ion batteries as an economical energy storage solution for the net-zero future
Prof. Xin Li
Associate Professor of Materials Science
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Sodium-ion batteries offer a promising alternative to the ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries that dominate energy storage today, and address concerns about the availability and cost of the raw materials required for lithium-ion electrolytes and electrodes. Elemental sodium is more abundant and evenly distributed geographically than lithium, and sodium-ion battery cathode materials have a significant cost-performance advantage over lithium-ion batteries due to a wider choice of affordable transition metals. The Li Lab has developed a solid-state sodium-ion battery with a proprietary and AI-assisted design of cathode, anode, and electrolyte layers that is competitive with Li-ion batteries. The lab is focused on scaling up the technology to a pouch cell, and is seeking seed funding to start a company and enter the electric vehicle and grid energy storage markets.
Interested in this technology? We are currently seeking partners in academia and industry to collaborate on further developments.