Valence Technology Inc. (Austin, TX) recently announced its new Saphion technology for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which replaces the more expensive and less stable cobalt in traditional lithium-ion batteries with a natural, phosphate-based cathode material. The new technology is claimed to make batteries cheaper, more stable and more environmentally friendly.
Valence Vice President and General Manager of Products Joe Lamoreux stated, “Basically, the Saphion lithium-ion technology is a next generation of lithium-ion batteries. This is a whole road map. It's a generation of chemistry.”
Applications of the Saphion technology will emerging early next year, and Valence will be using the chemical change technology in a number of areas, including batteries for notebook PCs, mobile phones, underwater vehicles, electric bicycles and industrial purposes.