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Lithium-Metal Battery for Drones Coming to Market

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Founded in 2012, SolidEnergy Systems has raised $50 million to fund the development of its battery technology. SolidEnergy Systems biggest innovation is in replacing the graphite common to lithium-ion batteries with a lithium-metal foil.

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While the batteries are currently expensive due to low production volumes, drone makers are paying the premium for the new technology according to Hu.

Currently the drone batteries are manufactured in Woburn, Massachusetts but SolidEnergy Systems plans on ramping up production when the time is right, possibly with a factory in Asia.

To keep costs as low as possible, SolidEnergy Systems is using standard industry manufacturing techniques and equipment, avoiding the need for bespoke devices.

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