Huawei has recently announced a breakthrough in li-ion battery technology. Developed by Watt Laboratory – an organisation under Huawei’s Central Research Institute – the new graphene-assisted li-ion battery has longer lifespan than conventional li-ion cells; it can also withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for use in tropical countries like Malaysia.
In Watt Laboratory’s testing, graphene-assisted batteries remain operational in 60-degree celsius; the organisation mentioned that this is 10-degree celsius higher than existing upper limit. On top of that, the lifespan of graphene-assisted batteries are twice as long as standard li-ion cells when used in high temperatures. These qualities should in turn make graphene-assisted li-ion batteries more reliable.
According to Huawei, these new graphene-assisted li-ion batteries would be ideal to power outdoor base stations in high temperature regions; they are said to last longer than four years too. Other than that, the company also mentioned that these batteries can be used on drones and electric vehicles; mostly industrial applications, basically.
Interestingly, Watt Laboratory also announced its quick charging technology, which can apparently charge up a 3,000mAh battery to 48% in only five minutes; that’s very, very impressive. Turns out, Huawei has commercialised the technology, and it will announce a mobile phone with the capability sometime in late December.