It’s been a rough month for Li-ion smartphone batteries. I’ve chronicled the unfortunate events Samsung has experienced with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in prior posts: Samsung is Just the Latest and The Cost of Battery Failure. The October 24 issue of The Wall Street Journal provides the latest update in its article, “The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note.” Fear: Samsung Incident Triggers a Wide-Ranging Inquiry into Li-ion

Last month I wrote about Samsung recalling about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. At the time, I noted that the Samsung predicament was just the latest in a string of Li-ion battery detonations that had affected a wide-range of mobile products, including hoverboards, portable computers and even large-passenger aircraft. However, the Samsung situation has now become a fiasco, at considerable cost to the company. But before I elaborate on

Last week 4,000 research scientists and engineers, including many specializing in battery technology, convened for PRiME 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. This year’s conference marked the 25th anniversary of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery’s commercialization in 1991. Pioneering scientists who helped transform Li-ion technology into the engine that powers today’s mobile devices delivered several symposia presentations. John Goodenough, whose discovery of the lithium cobalt oxide cathode paved the

If this is the first post you’ve read in this series, BUILDING A BETTER BATTERY, you may want to take a look at Parts One, Two, Three, and Four for complete context. A Better Business Model Enovix was conceived with a conviction that building a better battery involves more than just technology; it requires a new business model with ownership of intellectual property (IP) and direct production control. Since 2012,