Solar Impulse flies lithium/sulphur batteries around the world
The Solar Impulse launched into the future from yesterday's Hawaiian dawn. It is a zero-fuel aircraft, sucking its energy from the sun, and storing it in lithium/sulphur batteries, to perform the impossible - an solar powered aircraft capable of night flight.
The technology on board is more than avionics, more than solar cells, and much more than Elon Musk's Powerwall and Tesla Model S, all rolled into one. The aircraft carries with it the secret to the future of lithium batteries, not only in terms of performance, but also in cathode technology - the batteries do not contain cobalt, the metal that threatens to constrain the development of lithium ion batteries.
Lithium Australia (ASX:LIT) will comment on supply constraints in the battery market at the Lithium Battery Conference to be held in Sydney (May 24 and 25). A copy of the paper being presented can be found on Lithium Australia's website.
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