3rd Annual Fraunhofer IWS Lithium-Sulfur Battery Workshop Begins November 12 In Dresden

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The third annual Fraunhofer IWS lithium-sulfur battery workshop will be held November 12–13 this year in Dresden, Germany, according to a recent press release.

The workshop aims to advance the cause of lithium-sulfur batteries — which are the most promising choice for future energy storage systems, according to Fraunhofer — amongst the international audience of researchers and industrial customers that have been invited and will be attending it.

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Amongst the most subjects pertaining to lithium-sulfur battery technology that will be discussed at the workshop are the potential uses of novel materials like nanostructured carbon/sulfur composite cathodes, solid electrolytes, and alloy-based anodes — which are expected to potentially significantly improve cell performance.

Green Car Congress provides more:

As with the prior Lithium-Sulfur Battery Workshops in 2012 and 2013, this year’s symposium will bring together an international audience of scientists and industrial customers.

The sole OEM presentation will be a talk by Dr Oliver Gröger from Volkswagen AG on recent developments on Li-sulfur batteries with silicon anodes and a comparison to commercially available NMC-based batteries.

Volkswagen AG filed a patent application in October 2012 (published in December 2013) on a new metal-sulfur battery system (eg, lithium-sulfur, although other metals from the group of lithium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, aluminum and zinc are supported), with a focus on a novel multi-layered separator to reduce polysulfide shuttling and dendrite growth from the metal anode; Dr Gröger was one of the inventors.

Needless to say, the technology could potentially have a marked effect on the whole of the electric vehicle industry over the coming decade or so. Something to keep an eye on.


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