by Solar Choice Staff on December 14, 2015 in Batteries & Energy Storage, Solar System Products
Ecoult is the developer of a hybrid battery and carbon-based ultracapacitor called the ‘UltraBattery’ that rivals lithium-ion batteries on performance and beats them on costs. Already deployed in a number of grid-support and industrial applications, the company is also aiming to bring the UltraBattery into homes and small businesses in the near future.
Lithium-ion vs lead acid: An old paradigm being flipped on its head
Lithium-ion batteries are all the rage these days: Their tolerance to deep discharging, long cycle life and ability to ‘ramp up’ to provide large volumes of power quickly have made them the battery of choice for electric vehicles (EVs), with Tesla Motors playing a leading role in improbably making these batteries ‘sexy’. Lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is the variety of lithium-ion battery with the broadest appeal thanks to its favourable specification profile and relative safety & affordability.