Designing batteries that last and last

Designing batteries that last and last

Dalhousie University and 3M join forces on innovative lithium-ion battery technologies
December 6, 2012

3M Canada employs more than 2,000 people and has total annual sales of more than $1 billion. Researchers at Dalhousie University are helping 3M maintain its competitive advantage through a long history of collaboration on new lithium-ion battery technologies. The partnership has allowed for commercialization of key battery technologies and has made significant contributions to the company’s portfolio of intellectual property.

There is an ever increasing need for efficient rechargeable batteries, which are in everything from laptops and smart phones to hybrid electric vehicles. In 2010, the global lithium-ion market was approximately $11 billion and some estimate that it could grow to $32 billion by 2015. Novel materials created at Dalhousie are making a great impact on the battery industry and helping to change the way we store energy. For example, about 15,000 tonnes of materials invented at the university are found in some 500 million lithium-ion batteries each year.