Lithium-ion batteries, like lithium iron phosphate batteries, can provide an ideal solution for renewable energy storage in your business. Lithium-based battery chemistry is often superior to its alternative chemistries, such as lead batteries. Lithium-ion batteries provide their own unique advantages like high energy density, low maintenance, performance and longevity, and versatility.
What are lithium ion batteries, and how do they compare to lithium iron phosphate ones?
In both batteries the lithium ion moves between the positive and negative electrode to charge and discharge. Graphitic carbon electrodes with metal backings are used in the anodes of both battery types as well. Lithium atoms in the anode are separated from their electron and ionized during discharge. The ions move from the anode and pass through the electrolyte until they reach the cathode, reconnect with the electrons and become neutral. See a diagram of the charge and discharge process below.
Lithium-ion batteries offer unique advantages over their alternative lithium and other elemental chemistries. Their benefits are outlined below. To read more about the similarities and distinctions between lithium-ion and lithium iron phosphate batteries, click here.
High Energy Density
Lithium-ion batteries offer the highest energy density in the rechargeable-battery market (100-265 Wh/kg). This makes charging a lithium-ion battery easier, faster and long-lasting. This makes for a more powerful battery overall- even when compared to lithium iron phosphate ones.
Lithium-ion batteries are easy to use and relatively low maintenance, especially compared to nickel-based batteries. No priming equipment is required and maintaining their battery life does not entail scheduled cycling. Lithium-ion batteries also have no memory effect, which would cause batteries to perform at a lower capacity after repeated partial discharge and charge cycles.
Performance and Longevity
Lithium-ion chemistry is high-performing and an ideal for high-power applications. They deliver more current compared to batteries with nickel-based chemistry. They have the capacity to deliver up to 3.6 Volts, which is three times higher than their nickel alternatives. Due to their slow self-discharge rate (around 1.5-2% per month) lithium-ion batteries have a long shelf life.
Lithium-ion batteries provide an ideal renewable energy solution in many different applications. Their technology can be used to power or store energy for portable electronic devices, electronic cars, aerospace and other high-power applications.
Interested in lithium-ion batteries? Here’s what you should know.
With all of lithium-ion batteries unique advantages, come some disadvantages that should not be overlooked. While this particular battery technology is an optimal choice for many renewable energy applications, it is not the safest or cheapest battery on the market. EnergyLink battery experts can answer all of your questions and help you finance your next energy project and select a battery technology that suits your business. Read more information on how to finance battery storage solutions here. To get a free quote click the button below or speak to a team member by calling (866) 218-0380.