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Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post


Ryden Organic & Recyclable Cotton Battery

May 21st, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.
By Steve Hanley


From the mighty Tesla Model S to the lowly Nissan Leaf, the lithium-ion battery is the heart of most electric vehicles today. Lithium-ion batteries have some disadvantages, though.

Critics of lithium-ion batteries (and there are many) have plenty of arguements in their corner. These batteries run hot – hot enough to cause the occasional fire. They take a long time to recharge. They are expensive and have a limited life cycle. When they are used up, they become potentially hazardous waste. Is this really what the world wants to depend on for its transportation needs?

The folks at Japan Power Plus don’t think so. They have just announced the all new Ryden battery, which is made primarily from cotton. Yes, you read that right, the fabric of our lives has become a battery. Ryden in Japanese translates into “god of lightning.” For the new battery, cotton fibers are modified to create a new form of carbon fiber unlike any ever seen before, according to Chris Craney, JPP’s chief marketing officer. The modified cotton forms the anode and cathode of the Ryden battery an organic fluid is used as an electrolyte.

Why is this a big deal?

Several reasons. The Ryden battery recharges 20X faster than its lithium based cousins. It lasts through many thousands of discharge cycles. It does not run at high temperatures, so no cooling system is required. All its components are organic and recyclable. Most importantly of all though, it should be cheaper than lithium-ion batteries once full-scale production begins.

And when will that be? Well, the basic research dates back to the 1970′s, and JPP has been working on the project for more than 6 years. So the Ryden battery won’t be on the shelves at your local auto parts store anytime soon. But if the folks at JPP are right, their cotton battery could do for electric vehicles what gasoline did for the auto industry.

If you missed out on Apple or Microsoft, this might be a good time to pick up a few shares of JPP, before everyone else finds out.

Source: DVICE

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  • robertdaniels

    maybe its just hype to take the steam out of tesla, who isnt going to wait to see if they can buy tommorow what you cant buy today

  • robertdaniels

    the most importanr rhing is weight if bits heavey no good if its light and small or no bigger than teslas battery pack

  • fengpost

    Energy density? It would only work if has the same or better energy density then Li-ion battery.

    • That’s exactly the point Elon made in the 2014 Shareholder’s Meeting

  • Wayne Williamson

    So this sounds like its either replacing the cathode or the anode with carbon from burnt cotton. Kind of reminds me of all the recent articles that are replacing one or the other with some kind of “foam”. The main goal of these is the one with the “most” surface area wins. Again, I hope they pursue it, but as with the others, I’ll wait until its mass produced dirt cheap before I start applauding;-) Until then, keep working on getting the exist tech dirt cheap.

  • There’s a reason li-ion cells are the chemistry of choice these days and you failed to mention any of the li-ion upsides. This is far too good to be true, as are most “OMG NEW BATTERY CHEMISTRY SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS” articles.

    I’m curious how this compares with carbon carbon battery chemistry. I’m also curious if this massive Tesla battery factory has any retooling in mind for the eventual switch from li-ion to something else. I would imagine Elon is aiming for a li-ion to super capacitor jump seeing as he almost did a doctorate in super capacitors.

    • Benjamin Nead

      The so-called cotton battery described in this article, Joshua, has been described elsewhere recently as a dual carbon battery (is this what you refer to as a carbon carbon chemistry?). See the hyperlink the recent Green Car Congress article in my post, above.

      This Japan Power Plus battery has been touted as being a drop-in replacement at production facilities that currently manufacture today’s lithium ion cells. So, the new Tesla gigafactories won’t be obsolete if this new technology really takes off.

      It’s interesting that you now see things like lithium-doped supercapacitors (Toshiba makes these) that behave very much like batteries in regards to low self discharge and thin film batteries that charge up as quickly as supercapacitors. The lines are already blurring. Exiting times we’re living in.

      I’ll have to admit that these “coming up next” battery articles are a guilty pleasure of mine. I remember reading about A123 stuff back in the day, noting all the doubters and then actually seeing the press releases come true (never mind the financial roller coaster ride of the company, but the quality of the product itself.) So, all is not built on vaporware and I resist “shooting the messenger” for simply reporting on it.

  • Matt

    This is another of those wait and see. And hope that several of them get there sooner rather than later.

  • Benjamin Nead

    I can understand the skepticism of an announcement like this . . . especially after we’ve all witnessed the likes of EEStor and Envia come and go. But I’m cautious to simply dismiss it out of hand.

    Every day that we come to sites like CleanTechnica and comment on new energy developments, scientists and engineers head off to work to actually develop stuff like this. I have witnessed fairly significant incremental improvements in commercially-available battery over the past decade. They hold a larger charge for a longer time period and cost less. The batteries you buy today are better than the ones you were buying a decade ago.

    The batteries we use today are the result of research that occurred in the early 2000s or before. Think, for a moment, on how much more R&D has been occurring in this field since around 2007. It only makes sense that we are now hearing more next generation battery announcements than ever before. Not all are going to pan out and its naive to believe that the commercial versions of the good ones will be instantly available a week after we read about it here. But these sorts of things will get here.

    The Japan Power Plus Ryden “Cotton” battery has been described elsewhere as a dual carbon design. Here is an article that explores the technical aspects a little more in depth . . .


  • Senlac

    The more of these inventions I here the better I feel. Eventually one will break through and get us to the next level making EV recharge time the same as filling up a tank with gasoline, and a 300+ mile range. Maybe it’s these guys, or the next but it is coming. Never bet against human innovation.

    • Rick Kargaard

      If the fast charging claims are true, then long range is somewhat less important.

      • Senlac

        Well I personally would rather have my cake and eat it while I charge up my EV for it next 300+ mile trip, and I eat fast.

  • Rick Kargaard

    I noticed that there was no mention of the batteries sturdiness. An obvious market would be cordless tool applications where li-ion now excels. This does require a battery that can withstand a bit of rough usage.
    A battery that runs cooler and charges significantly faster with a higher energy density would be a huge advantage in the EV market.
    They claim to be cost competitive.
    I would not dismiss this out of hand, as they seem to be close to entering the market.

  • JamesWimberley

    We are still waiting for a battery that uses the shells of Brazil nuts harvested sustainably by indigenous peoples from pristine forests in the Amazon.

  • Jouni Valkonen


  • tibi stibi

    Path to Market

    Power Japan Plus will begin benchmark production of 18650 Ryden cells
    later this year at the company’s production facility in Okinawa, Japan.
    This facility will allow the company to meet demand for specialty energy
    storage markets such as medical devices and satellites. For larger
    demand industries, such as electric vehicles, Power Japan Plus will
    operate under a licensing business model, providing technology and
    expertise to existing battery manufacturers to produce the Ryden


    could be not to far in the future!

    • Jouni Valkonen

      There is absolutely zero probability that medical devices or satellites would allow such untested technology to be used. There are not even working prototypes available for this technology. And typically when the first prototype is ready, it takes at least some 5 to 10 years to get commercially feasible product.

      • Robau

        You know this how?

        • Tom Williams

          read articles by John Petersen, at Seekingalpha.com

          • Bob_Wallace

            Why would anyone want to read Petersen’s stuff? The guy is a crackpot.

          • Tom Williams

            John is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance experience. Before joining ePower he worked as a partner in the law firm of Fefer Petersen & Co. where he focused on corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related consulting services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors.

            From 2003 to 2007 John served as board chairman and general counsel of Axion Power International (AXPW), a battery technology company that’s introducing a hybrid lead-carbon battery technology to the market. Over the last five years John has earned a global following for his blog on investments in the energy storage sector.

            John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and licensed to practice as a CPA in 1981. John’s diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and energy storage give him a unique and sometimes unsettling perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of the battery industry

            I’ll put his credentials on the subject against yours, or anyone else that wishes to step to the podium.

          • Bob_Wallace

            That’s fine, Tom.

            It just shows that you either haven’t read John’s stuff or that you know little about batteries.

          • Tom Williams

            ‘veah I read plenty of ” John’s stuff”………and it’s always backed with empirical data presented by reputable studies and historic hindsight. All I ever read from his detractors are hyperbolical, when’s, what if’s and maybe’s.

          • Isn’t Pederson the one who has been saying Tesla was going to fail every step of the way and saying that li-ion batteries are going nowhere? Hasn’t his “skepticism” been trounced by reality time and time again?

            My understanding is that he put his eggs in the wrong basket, tried to steer people toward his basket (unsuccessfully), and is having a hard time coming to terms with the reality of the market and the technology today.

          • Tom Williams

            Petersen’s the one that says that the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.

  • paqza

    What are the shortcomings that need to be overcome for this to be commercialized?

    • Boris

      Exactly, if there were no shortcomings, this company would knock on Tesla’s doors already and get a deal with them. In 3 years time, they would have 50% market share in the battery market (as the gigafactory will double the amount of batteries manufactured). But instead they’re talking about satellites and medical devices – areas where cost is the least of an issue. Hope I am wrong however, would be nice to have this new technology take off..

      • tibi stibi

        what i read is:
        for satellites and medical devices they will deliver them selves. for electric vehicles it will be a huge demand and they don’t want to deliver them selves rather use licensees.

        which makes sense they are not a factory builder kind of company.

      • Jouni Valkonen

        If there are no short comings, then Japan Power Plus, will have complete monopoly over 100 teradollar global battery markets.

        Do not worry. This is just utter BS and it is just sad that such post are published here. This undermines the site credibility.

        • rkt9

          Looks as though Electric drive manufacturers will have a opportunity to decide for themselves if this is BS.

          Power Japan Plus will exhibit at the Electric Drive Transportation Association Conference & Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 19-21, 2014. You can visit Power Japan Plus at booth #112. For more information, please visit: http://www.edta2014.com/

      • rkt9

        The developer of this battery has already helped developed the batteries currently used in Toyota Prius and Tesla model S.

        • CassTete

          The developer ; )

          These batteries r as old as time and more importantly are perpetual generators for far less yet usable energy .

          KARPEN PILE !

          Take a sheet of carbon .. then another of different composition .. put an electrolyte .

          Job done !

          UUUUUU Tesla … Toyota … ; )

          If you want something real google , Mitsubishi Low Energy Nuclear Reaction ( LENR ) reactor .

          COLD FUSION … patent only approved 2013 10+years after applied for .

          This is all scams we should b driving water powered cars with water exhaust .


          Who stole , aquired , blackmailed even murdered for !

      • Rick Kargaard

        They may be knocking, but you haven’t heard. Elon is probably watching all new battery developments very carefully.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Tesla started with the market segment most willing to pay top dollar.

        Sell your first product for maximum profit and you get to build your company with your earned money rather than having to sell off part of your company to others in order to raise capital.

    • tibi stibi

      i don’t their are shortcomings but their are many competitors. the battery marked is rapidly evolving!

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