Bye Aerospace is looking at OXIS Energy Ltd.’s lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell technology to power its future aircraft and air-taxi or “urban air mobility” (UAM) designs. The companies are launching the initial phase of an advanced, high-voltage, lightweight Li-S battery pack development program for aerospace applications.
In contrast with conventional lithium-ion cells, sulfur is a natural cathode partner for metallic lithium and the chemical processes include dissolution from the anode surface during discharge and reverse lithium plating to the anode while charging. What this means is, Li-S provides a theoretical specific energy in excess of 2700 watt hours per kilogram – a specific energy nearly 5 times higher than that of Li-ion.
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