Pointers at Glance
- The subsidiary of Northvolt, Cuberg, is developing lithium metal batteries for electric airplanes to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
- The development of these batteries could revolutionize aviation and significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Northvolt, a Swedish battery producer, has announced that its US-based subsidiary, Cuberg, is developing lithium metal batteries for electric airplanes intending to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
Traditional lithium-ion batteries have been a challenge for aircraft makers due to their heavy weight, making it difficult to build electric engines for airplanes. Northvolt hopes that developing lithium metal batteries will enable aircraft makers to enhance electric airplane performance significantly.
Cuberg’s CEO, Richard Wang, has stated that:
- The company will build certifiable battery systems to enhance aircraft performance.
- The battery system is light enough to be installed on an airplane, making electric flying safe and sustainable.
- Cuberg has already begun testing the battery system, which it claims has cell lifetimes long enough to cover longer distances and carry heavier vehicles.
The aviation industry has been striving to create fuel-efficient designs for a long time. The development of lithium MB for electric airplanes is a significant step in this direction.
Using electric engines in airplanes could greatly reduce carbon emissions, as airplanes are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, developing lithium metal batteries is an important step towards making aviation more environmentally friendly.
In July 2022, Northvolt and Cuberg announced a breakthrough in developing lithium metal batteries with long cell lifetimes, enabling them to cover longer distances and carry heavier loads. The development of these batteries could revolutionize the aviation industry and make it more sustainable.