Aluminium-ion Rechargeable Batteries

Research into a practical application for aluminium in rechargeable batteries is starting to bear fruit, with scientists having built a functional aluminium-ion prototype. Although a young technology, it is hoped that the use of aluminium in rechargeable batteries could be the next step in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The two current drawbacks of the aluminium cell when compared to its lithium-ion counterpart are increased expansion and contraction of the reactive material, which represents a significant challenge for even the most experienced battery pack manufacturer; and a comparative lack of power.