Toshiba International Corp. says it has established a U.S.-based sales and support for its recent Super Charge Ion Battery, SCiB. This nano-based lithium technology is noteworthy for a rapid-charging capability of 90% in less than 5 min., according to the company, a life of more than 10 years even at a rapid charge rates, and excellent safety performance. The SCiB product line will be supported out of the Toshiba’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company says the SCiB design has performance advantages that make it ideal for many tough energy storage challenges. For instance, it is:
• Inherently safe. The advanced lithium chemistry based on nano-technology prevents thermal runaway even under extreme physical duress.
• Fast charge rates. It is capable of a full recharge in < 10 min., 90% in < 5 min.
• Superior life. There is minimal capacity loss even after 6,000 rapid charge-discharge cycles.
• Greater usable capacity. Up to 85% of its usable capacity comes without compromising cycle life.
• High output performance. Discharge rates are equivalent to those of ultra-capacitors.
• Superb low-temperature performance. It excels at temperatures down to -30°C
Battery packs of SCiB cells will be supplied from the company’s production line in Nagano, Japan. Initial market development activities in the US will focus on smart grid and grid storage, wind and solar power, automotive, and others. Additional packs are under development. The SCiB team will focus on battery-pack design, prototyping, assembly, technical support, service, and business development.
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