KIST develops lithium metal ion battery enhancing flight duration time of drones

The Ministry of Science and ICT have announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) researchers have developed a new lithium metal ion battery that possesses twice the energy density of conventional lithium ion batteries, which are commonly used in smartphones and portable computers, the company said.

The developed lithium metal ion batteries are capable of maintaining 80% of the initial performance after going through more than 1,200 charge/discharge cycles. These batteries enhance the flight duration time of drones.

The lithium metal ion battery utilizes metallic lithium as anode which has about 10-fold higher capacity than that of conventional graphite anode providing approximately triple amount of the energy density, both volumetrically and gravimetrically, of Lithium Ion batteries.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is a multi-disciplinary research institute located in Seoul, South Korea.