“Need to look inside the battery”

The political goal seems clear. From 2030 onwards, at least within the EU, no new cars with internal combustion engines will be registered. And: Despite all the debates about hydrogen drives, the battery car will probably embody locally emission-free drives in the near future – especially since batteries and cell chemistry still offer great potential for developments in the opinion of many experts.

Matthias Simolka also confirms that the electricity storage system has a bright future. He works as an engineer for Twaice Technologies – a company specializing in software for predictive battery analysis. Even if the battery is currently in criticism due to its production, he says, pushing the market in lithium-ion batteries increasingly on high sustainability standards in manufacturing.

In his analysis, SIMOLKA explains, including recycling and closed value chains would increasingly relevant criteria for manufacturers. This year, the basis for a battery pass should be placed with an EU draft. Associated with binding requirements and standards for more transparency in the social, ecological and economic properties of the batteries. In the near future, SIMOLKA believes, batteries could be strengthened with less harmful and less rare raw materials. There are promising approaches from various manufacturers to produce batteries without lithium and instead with sodium. This will lower costs and reduce dependency on valuable raw materials.

Above all, it is crucial to give the power storage device a second life. Here he considers battery analysis to be indispensable. A topic to which his employer has dedicated himself. Simolka: “With the help of software, the wear and tear and aging process for certain types of use can be determined and predicted for each type of battery.“This in-depth look is essential.

Even complex battery systems could become more efficient, sustainable and reliable in this way, says the engineer, who claims to have researched the aging processes in batteries for several years. Corresponding evaluations would significantly promote longer-lasting use and reuse in other areas. With information on the “state of health” of the battery, a “second life” of batteries is made possible in the first place – without compromising safety during operation.

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  1. I too would be happy if I could get a reliable statement about the condition of my 2-year-old battery. Unfortunately, the manufacturer makes a secret of the data. The second question is whether they would really be meaningful. For not so little money, you can also have an external reading carried out – whether this is really meaningful?

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