Samsung is making major breakthroughs in Solid-State battery tech, report suggests

Samsung Solid State Battery
Source: Samsung SDI
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We all know the Samsung Note 7’s battery experienced issues due to manufacturing defects, resulting in overheating, explosions, and property damage. It’s no surprise that the company has been working on a safer alternative technology for almost a decade now. However, it’s only that Samsung has made significant progress in the Solid State battery technology.

Samsung’s Solid-State Battery

Although Samsung has been researching solid-state batteries since 2013, the timescale for mass production and integration into mobile devices and electric vehicles (EVs) remains uncertain. That said, it is believed to have achieved some milestones recently.

As per reports, two separate divisions within Samsung are now working to integrate oxide-based solid-state batteries into their products. One is the South Korean giant’s electro-mechanics division trying to use it in electric devices. In addition, Samsung’s SDI department is working on solid-state batteries for the Electric Vehicle sector.

Other Brands on Solid-State Battery

It is not only Samsung that is part of discussions about solid-state batteries. Xiaomi, too, has made considerable strides by successfully—even developing a prototype of solid-state batteries, which they implemented into a Xiaomi 13 phone. According to sources, this notable battery prototype can produce an amazing 6,000mAh capacity while remaining inside the compact dimensions of a typical 4,500mAh lithium-ion battery.

Lithium-ion vs Solid-State batteries

A lot of products today use lithium-ion batteries which consist of a cathode and an anode with electrolytes with a separator in between. This arrangement raises security issues since these batteries are prone to damage due to temperature change, leakage, and other external forces.

Lithium ion vs Solid State Batteries

In contrast, liquid electrolytes are replaced by solid ones in solid-state batteries. This also removes the need for a separator. The result is a more stable battery with reduced risks of overheating and explosions. Furthermore, solid-state batteries are not only lighter and smaller, but they also have a higher capacity.

It is worth noting that QuantumScape, another player in the space, is aiming for commercial manufacturing around 2025, though potential roadblocks remain unknown. It is important to remember that researchers and developers are constantly working on new battery technologies. And there are several reasons why we consider these technologies as batteries of the future instead of being immediately available alternatives.