Solid-state batteries could be Samsung’s answer to the company’s woes regarding battery explosion in smartphones. An executive from Samsung SDI has stated the Korean battery maker will be in a position to produce solid-state batteries for smartphones in one to two years. These batteries will be safe from explosions.
Thus, future Galaxy smartphones may be endowed with solid-state batteries thus highly reducing the risk of the phones catching fire due to battery explosion.
Solid-state batteries replace lithium-ion batteries which are more prone to explosions. As the name suggests, these batteries will be made of solid electrolytes instead of liquid electrolytes (used in lithium-ion batteries). As the main reason for battery explosion is the contact of liquid electrolyte with air or water, solid-state batteries will have lower risk of explosion.
The Korea Herald quoted the Samsung SDI executive as saying:
Our technological level to produce a solid-state battery for smartphones will be mature enough in one to two years. However, it depends on Samsung Electronics whether it will be used for phones.
As far as I know, the level of battery technology of our rival firm (LG Chem) is also similar to ours.
The batteries will be applied for smartphones first and then for electric vehicles after its safety is fully proved. The application for automobiles may be seen around 2025.
An analyst at LG Economic Research Institute, Choi Jung-deok, was also quoted by The Korean Herald as saying:
Solid-state batteries are a realistic alternative to lithium-ion batteries in solving the chronic safety issue as the development has been relatively faster than other next-generation batteries over the last 10 years.
The most advanced in solid-state battery technology in the world is Japanese automaker Toyota which aims to commercialize it around 2020.
Via: The Investor