LeydenJar Pure Silicon Anode Technology

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LeydenJar anodes made of pure silicon

Break-proof silicon key to powerful and small batteries

LeydenJar creates the world’s most energy dense anode foil made of break-proof silicon. Using LeydenJar anodes, technology companies can benefit from Li-ion batteries that are extremely powerful, small and fast to charge. LeydenJar’s unique technology solves frequently occurring problems with the use of silicon, such as swelling and breaking when charged. 

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How do LeydenJar anodes work?

1. How it works

LeydenJar developed a pure silicon anode with 70% higher energy density than traditional anodes. The unique and patented dry production process works with pure silicon, which has maximum energy storing capabilities. The result: anodes made of break-proof silicon and great energy storage capabilities, while volume and weight are significantly reduced – up to 10x thinner.

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What does break-proof silicon mean?

LeydenJar overcomes prevailing issues with the use of silicon

Using silicon for anodes in a mechanical stable manner is challenging, as silicon swells during lithiation. Consequently, only a small percentage of modern anode composite materials contains silicon, enabling only small improvements of energy density.

LeydenJar’s innovative pure silicon anode is porous and flexible – a bit like a spongeeffectively mitigating the problematic swelling of the silicon during lithiation. Since the swelling-issue is hereby dealt with, the full potential and capacity of silicon can be used, while remaining mechanically stable. 

How are LeydenJar anodes made?

2. How it’s made

The production of LeydenJar pure silicon anodes requires a unique production process: the PECVD process. Pure silicon columns are grown directly on the copper substrate with plasma vapour deposition (PECVD), an effective technology frequently used in the PV and semiconductor industry to grow thin films.

The sponge-like columns are porous and flexible, and lead to a high anode area loading, enabling energy density up to 1.350 Wh/l or 380 Wh/kg at lithiated stack level, whilst breaking is prevented.

The PECVD process is scalable and affordable. Furthermore, it produces 85% less CO2 than existing anode production. LeydenJar anodes are produced in a single process step on a roll-to-roll PECVD machine, located in LeydenJar Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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Who uses LeydenJar silicon anodes?

3. How to use it

LeydenJar pure silicon anodes are used by technology companies and cell manufacturers in the battery industry. Our partners greatly value the energy leap that can be achieved without any compromises on space, cost or footprint. 

LeydenJar anodes are suitable for a wide range of formats, and they are compatible with off the shelve cathodes and electrolytes

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Background: Why does the industry long for silicon anodes?

Silicon is promising but fragile – LeydenJar found a solution

Anodes are the negative terminals of batteries, and are traditionally made of graphite. In current Li-ion battery cells, the graphite anode, making up about 50% of the volume of a cell, is the bottleneck in increasing the energy density. Besides the limited capacity of graphite, it is also a scarce and polluting material. 

Silicon was discovered as a potential anode material with impressive energy storing capabilities, a tenfold capacity to store lithium ions over graphite. To add to that: a silicon anode makes up only 10% of the cell’s volume. The production of silicon has a 80% better footprint due to its availability and its green production process. 

Many companies experiment with adding some amount of silicon to anodes. The usage of silicon is challenging, since it swells and breaks easily when charged.

Up until now, anodes could only contain a little silicon. LeydenJar discovered a completely new way of creating 100% pure silicon anodes, building an extremely small, flexible, green and – above all -energy dense anode.  

Full tech specs, cycling graphs and cell chemistry

LeydenJar believes that the battery industry needs transparency with respect to technical claims and underlying data. LeydenJar issued a technical whitepaper detailing cycling graphs and cell chemistry information.