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Cylinder or prism: Shaping the future of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles

July 29, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

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Unlike other manufacturers Tesla does not use large battery cells but small, cylindrical tiny cells that look like AA batteries. Why is it so? While the price was a major factor for the adoption of cylindrical battery by Tesla, the unexpected advantage proved to be the life of the battery. This gave Tesla the edge over the rest of the world that decided to adopt prism batteries. Prismatic batteries are believed to be safer and easier to integrate within electric vehicles but their use soon prompted messages like “My name is Sal Cameli and I own a 2013 Nissan LEAF. My battery is heavily degraded, I can only drive around 40 miles in the warm months and almost 30 in the cold months”. Does the future of electric vehicles look cylindrical? Yet, there are new kids on a block and it seems to spark a mini-war to see who could achieve the longest battery life. When was the last time you thought how your future car would look like? Do you still think internal combustion engine still has an edge? Or do you prefer to wait and see what happens next? Come and see my talk about the epic battle of battery designs that is shaping the future of automotive industry.

About the speaker
Alexey Ganin is a lecturer in Materials Chemistry and a member of Energy Conversion and Storage group at the School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow.

Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


July 29, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm