By optimizing the materials and design specifications of bipolar plates, thin-film motor components, Horizon’s Dianyang R&D center has successfully achieved continuous energy density: Under a full-size short stack, when the voltage is 0.6V, the energy density of each cell is 1.5W/cm2, which is twice the energy density of some automotive-grade commercial fuel lithium-ion batteries.
Horizon looks forward to increasing the energy density to 1.8W/cm2 again in the foreseeable future. Horizon’s new 60-100kW, high-energy density, low-cost automotive-grade fuel lithium-ion battery pack will be commercialized by the end of 2019.
HorizonGroup said that when it comes to the commercial appeal of fuel lithium-ion battery systems, the battery energy density per square centimeter is much more important than the volumetric energy density. The doubling of battery energy density means that the volumetric energy density will also double, and the cost of materials will be halved, laying the foundation for the large-scale commercial operation of fuel lithium-ion batteries in a short period of time.
Horizon also combines the research and development results of bipolar plate technology with the recent highly automated manufacturing process. The latter locates the fuel lithium-ion battery package and core raw materials, and aims to help users achieve a cost structure that has been unattainable so far. It involves the use of fuel lithium-ion battery vehicles, as well as the use of fuel lithium-ion batteries for power generation.
The company recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with users around the world for vehicle-grade fuel lithium-ion battery systems and fuel lithium-ion battery power generation equipment, aiming to use by-product hydrogen to supply 40MW of electricity.