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Long Range Metal-air Battery Technology

Inventor/Assignee: Weston Arthur Hermann| Assignee:


A metal-air battery uses metal as an anode just like a li-ion battery, but oxygen drawn in from the environment is used as the cathode. Metal-air batteries are a combination of the design and working of traditional and fuel cell batteries. These have a high energy efficiency that is 5 to 30 times greater than lithium-ion batteries and are often considered a sustainable alternative. MABs are considered as eco-friendly, non-toxic, low cost, and viable alternatives as metals are abundant in nature. Metal-air batteries now a days are the most promising power storage systems with high power densities. A metal air battery comprises a metallic anode in an appropriate electrolyte, and an embedded air cathode. Metal-air batteries (MABs) combine the design features of traditional and fuel cell batteries. Some of the most common metal-air batteries include LAB (lithium air battery), SAB (sodium air battery), MABs (magnesium-air battery), AAB (aluminium air battery) and ZAB (zinc-air battery) etc.


It enables a much lighter cell and therefore offers the potential to achieve a greater energy density. In EVs, it means a potentially greater range.


The drawback of metal-air battery packs is that despite the enormous energy density of metal-air batteries, the electrolyte of metal-air batteries becomes depleted after use and must be replenished.

Year of Development: 2020

Commercialization: Tesla

Patent: US10763477B2

Region: US

Theme: Battery Technology | Subtheme: Metal-air batteries



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