Global Challenge, Global Solutions: Low-Cost Batteries from Abundant Resources

Fara­dion man­u­fac­tures so­dium-ion bat­ter­ies for en­ergy stor­age of­fer­ing high per­form­ance and re­duced costs while util­iz­ing an abund­ant ma­ter­ial.

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Low-Cost Batteries from Abundant Resources


Brit­ish start-up Fara­dion pro­duces so­dium-ion bat­ter­ies op­er­at­ing on sim­ilar prin­ciples to other re­chargeable bat­ter­ies. However, the unique cell chem­istry res­ults in high performance, enhanced safety, and reduced costs. Com­pared to more com­mon lith­ium-ion bat­ter­ies, the main in­gredi­ent in Fara­di­on’s bat­ter­ies, so­dium, is a read­ily avail­able and nat­ur­ally abund­ant re­source, of­fer­ing a sus­tain­able solu­tion for ma­ter­ial ac­quis­i­tion.

The re­duc­tion in cell costs for so­dium-ion com­pared with lith­ium-ion bat­ter­ies is primar­ily due to the re­l­at­ive abund­ance of and easy ac­cess to so­dium versus lith­ium. Ad­di­tion­ally, the high con­duct­iv­ity of the so­dium-ion bat­tery, and the ability to use aluminium instead of copper in the cell com­pon­ents, also of­fers en­vir­on­mental and cost ad­vant­ages. The first vehicle to be powered by so­dium-ion bat­ter­ies – an e-bike – was demon­strated in May 2015, us­ing Fara­di­on’s tech­no­logy. Fara­dion leads a con­sor­tium that re­ceived $1.9 mil­lion to sig­ni­fic­antly re­duce the cost of elec­tric vehicle bat­ter­ies via cheaper so­dium-ion tech­no­logy.

The share of elec­tri­city gen­er­ated by re­new­ables is in­creas­ing in all in­dus­trial coun­tries, but en­ergy stor­age solu­tions are needed to bet­ter in­teg­rate re­new­ables into the grid. However, a fore­cast pre­dicts that 66% of the cost of stor­age sys­tems will come from the bat­tery. By re­du­cing bat­tery prices, Fara­di­on’s tech­no­logy could make solar stor­age more ac­cess­ible to a greater num­ber of house­holds and busi­nesses world­wide.



So­dium is a read­ily avail­able and nat­ur­ally abund­ant re­source, of­fer­ing a sus­tain­able and safe solu­tion to en­ergy stor­age, which will help re­duce car­bon emis­sions.

The so­dium-ion chem­istry makes it pos­sible to fully dis­charge the cells, en­abling them to be handled, trans­por­ted, and stored at zero volts with no risk of haz­ards like ex­plo­sions or re­lease of harm­ful gases.

Us­ing so­dium-ion tech­no­logy as an al­tern­at­ive bat­tery tech­no­logy of­fers a 30% re­duc­tion in cell costs com­pared to lith­ium-ion bat­ter­ies, based on a labor­at­ory test of Fara­di­on’s tech­no­logy.

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