Advantages of pouch cell battery, trend and opportunities
Editorial： Issue Date：2019-11-23 Views：1252
Generally, pouch battery can apply for every application, but why cylindrical, prismatic and other cells still exist? These types have both goodness and shortcoming.
Types pf battery cell
Cylindrical CellCylindrical and prismatic cells are two of the most popular options on the market. Cylindrical lithium cells are easy to manufacture and mechanically stable, making them enduringly popular. They’re also very safe, if internal pressure grows too great, most cells are designed to rupture, mitigating safety hazards, and benefit from longevity, an attractive price point, and comparatively low watt-per-hour cost, making them an economical choice. [caption id="attachment_1374" align="aligncenter" width="493"] Structure of Cylindrical Cell [/caption] Small cylindrical cells are generally used in portable technologies such as laptops and medical devices. Large cylindrical cells are popular for electric vehicles, a growing market largely driven by manufacturer Tesla.
Prismatic CellThe prismatic lithium cell’s key advantages lie in its thin profile, effective use of space; the thin, rectangular shape facilitates better layering and increased flexibility. Unsurprisingly, prismatic cells are typically found in mobile phones, tablets, and other lightweight electronic devices. [caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="351"] Structure of Prismatic Cell[/caption] While space efficiency makes prismatic cells highly attractive, several disadvantages exist. Prismatic cells are expensive to design and manufacture, in turn making them more expensive for consumers. They die quicker, as thermal management is less effective, and are relatively sensitive to deformation in high-pressure situations. Other drawbacks include a limited number of standardized sizes and an average higher watt-per-hour price.
Pouch CellIn 1995, Li-polymer surprised the battery world with a radical new design, the pouch cell. The pouch cell makes the most efficient use of space and achieves a 90 to 95 percent packaging efficiency, the highest among battery packs, advantages of flexible size and safety performance. Eliminating the metal enclosure reduces weight but the cell needs some alternative support in the battery compartment. The pouch pack finds applications in consumer, military, as well as automotive applications. [caption id="attachment_1417" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Grepow Pouch Cell Battery[/caption] The soft pack battery is packaged in aluminum plastic film. When a safety problem occurs, the soft pack battery will generally bulge, does not explode like a steel case or an aluminum case. The shell or aluminum shell battery explodes; the weight is light, the weight of the soft pack battery is 40% lighter than the equivalent capacity of the shell lithium battery, 20% lighter than the aluminum shell lithium battery; the internal resistance is small, the internal resistance of the soft pack battery is lighter The battery is small, which can greatly reduce the self-consumption of the battery; the cycle performance is good, the cycle life of the soft pack battery is extended, the attenuation of 100 cycles is 4%~7% less than that of the aluminum shell; the design is flexible, the size can be arbitrary, and the shape can be Thinner, can be customized according to customer needs, develop new battery models. Stacking pouch cell production please view: What is Cell Stacking Technology?
Production TechniqueThe stacking process is a lithium polymer battery manufacturing process in which a positive electrode, a negative electrode is cut into small pieces and a separator is laminated to form a small cell, and a single cell is stacked in parallel to form a large cell. The battery cell used stacking technology has the advantages of small internal resistance, long life, high space utilization, and high energy density after group. In terms of battery performance, compared with the winding technology, the lamination stacking technology can increase the energy density of the battery by 5%, increase the cycle life by 10% and reduce the cost by 5% under the same conditions. Stacking vs Winding Cell: https://blog.grepow.com/cell-stacking-definition-grepow-battery-technology/
8 Advantages of choosing pouch cell battery
- The flexibility of the Lithium Battery Pack
- Cycle Life
- Improved Energy Storage
- Uniformity and Consistency
- Included Smart BMS
Pouch cell battery apply on different areasGenerally, pouch battery can apply for every applications, it depends on their shape and parameter requirements. It is no doubt that the pouch cell has many benefits than other types of cell, but it's not fit for any applications, at least for now.
Tesla with 18650 cylindrical cellCylindrical Cell is still the most common type we can see, such as in the automotive industry, Tesla and BYD are still using 18650 cylindrical battery. Compared to the pouch or prismatic cells, cylindrical cells like the 18650 can be produced more quickly; so more kWh of cell produced per hour due to its configuration - another reason for a lower cost per kWh. Another advantage of cylindrical cells over the flat cells (e.g. pouch, prismatic) is that its electrodes are wound evenly and tightly and encased in a metal casing. This minimizes electrode material from breaking up from the mechanical vibrations, thermal cycling from charging and discharging, and mechanical expansion of the current conductors inside the cell from thermal cycling. So, with over 7,000 “18650 cells” in Tesla's small power pack, you'd think the chances of a bad connection in one of the 14,000+ interfaces is pretty high. Not if you weld the cell terminals to each other with connector tabs. Many cells are connected in series to build up the voltage; then these series lines are connected to each other in a parallel fashion to increase amperage. So, if one cell goes bad, its impact on the entire pack is low. However, when large prismatic cells go South, it could mean a significant % of the power pack is in trouble.
Trends of the pouch cellHowever, its no doubt that the market trend is the increased utilization of pouch cells, due to their increased form factor flexibility and the ability to produce sleek-looking products. The advantage of low internal resistance is also more attractive, and longer battery life also reduces the extra cost for customers to replace batteries/products. Our clients can use this as a big selling point to attract fresh users, which is perfect fit for 3C products like wearable devices, smartphones, speakers, etc. The advantages of soft pack batteries in terms of safety and energy density have also received increasing attention. From the perspective of new power battery capacity this year, soft pack batteries accounted for 30%. The penetration rate of future soft pack batteries in the field of new energy vehicles will gradually increase. From cost point of view, most of the aluminum-plastic film production areas are imported from Japan and South Korea, the proportion of Chinese-made is less than 10%, which makes it difficult to reduce the manufacturing cost of pouch cell batteries. At present, Japan's aluminum plastic film technology is indeed at the leading level in the world. After obtaining the relevant production line and patent through acquisition, the cost of aluminum plastic film can be reduced by about 20% to 30%, which reduces the cost of the pouch cell battery and meets the demand for more mass production.
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