The use of magnesium in lightweight lithium-ion battery packs

Neelameggham, Neale
April 2009
JOM: The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TM;Apr2009, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p58
Academic Journal
The analysis of recently announced battery packs for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) shows that the design of the series-parallel combinations is being over-complicated. The proven energy densities of lithium-ion cells from about 200 Wh/kg are being reduced to 90 Wh/kg. The majority of the weight increase seems to be for thermal management. Simpler battery pack designs based on electro-refining pot rooms using self-contained rectangular lithium-ion cells with air cooling inside of die-cast magnesium cell tanks would help avoid hauling dead weight in PHEV by providing considerable weight reduction.


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