Lithium batteries are becoming more and more common. Smaller lithium batteries can be used in devices like pacemakers, calculators, and even thermostats. Larger lithium batteries can be used to power computers, vehicles, and digital cameras. But with as popular as these batteries have become, most people still don't understand how they are made. Here are a few common questions you might have about that process.
What raw materials are needed to make lithium batteries?
Of course, like any manufactured item, lithium batteries start off as raw materials. The main raw materials used in the process are lithium carbonate, cobalt, nickel, and manganese. Lithium carbonate is simply the most available form of lithium that can be converted for use in the battery. The other metals — nickel, cobalt, and manganese — are used to form the opposite side of the battery. They are not all used at once. Rather, some batteries call for one of these metals to be used, while other batteries are made with a different metal.
Where does the lithium come from?
Lithium is a natural metal that is found in the earth's crust. It is an element on the periodic table. So, in other words, lithium contains only lithium atoms. Although traces of lithium can be found all over the planet, there are some areas that have substantially higher concentrations of this metal in the soil. As such, companies will mine for and isolate lithium in these areas. The deserts in South America are a common source of lithium, especially for lithium battery manufacturers in the United States. Some lithium also comes from China.
Can lithium battery production keep up with demand?
The demand for larger lithium batteries has increased over the past few years as electric vehicles have become more common and more sought-after. As such, there is some concern that battery companies won't be able to keep up. But thankfully, lithium battery companies are always experimenting with new technology that allows them to make more batteries in a shorter time frame. For example, they are coming up with more cost-effective ways to isolate lithium. While there may be some occasional shortages as battery manufacturers work on expanding their services, they are innovating, as needed, to keep up with demand.
Hopefully this article has answered some of your questions about lithium battery manufacturing and technology. These batteries are so versatile and can be used in so many ways.
For more information on lithium battery production technology, contact a professional near you.