CNET News Video: Inside the guts of a battery factory
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CNET's Jessica Dolcourt goes inside Leyden Energy to show how longer-life batteries are made.
Would be amazing if your Smartphone can last more than one day without having to recharge -- basketball court for CNET. Here at late energy in Fremont California where that is not just a beautiful dream it is the future I'm here with Bart does have is the vice president of research and development. And they're working on a chemical composition. That dozens of batteries and helps them last longer. How does -- exactly where. We've developed a new -- system in here which can be used with any capital or any anode material. This allows us to get very very high energy densities within our system we is -- lithium in my salt. As opposed to the standard ell it gets itself. The -- the amendment felt very very stable. So basically it cuts down on the creation of hydrochloric acid and that's what helps the battery last longer that's for. Okay so now we're gonna take a tour of your RED facility here what are we looking out -- -- his arms popping out. What we're doing here as we get the materials ready for the battery. So right now -- is preparing materials -- -- them out and getting them ready to put into cells. So Marc I see that this is the cabinet room and I'm looking now -- is spinning cylinder wedding is. This is the active materials with the help of that material -- the positive. What we do first we take the active material powder mix that with a binder and put -- in the solution -- -- call. This is -- -- Larry. RAX the end. Look like and flak from -- here pretty much that's correct her if you let it goes on. I carry out the company's battery. The next step is the current collector for the slurry is committed and -- in the -- happen we wanna put as much active material into the fell to make the battery -- longer. -- today that we move over to this calendar -- Where we compress the electric sheep are then cut into strips and then it happens and that's -- -- the electrons to the other side of the battery. Now the battery and -- the winding. Where the and I think half that are shaped electrical or pops out of this is one of our look like filling stations. Where we put -- our own proprietary lithium in my intellectually in itself. Now that tells me that's going to be part of the battery -- isn't finished yet because now they have to do some testing we've -- our testing goggles here. And what's going on. The sudden impact test we ticket when he pound -- drops two feet directly under the -- And it's meant to simulate and -- -- short circuit. We're showing that these cells are safe. To transport an aircraft and also to get -- -- recognition. And the tests aren't over yet so we're gonna do is gonna fire nail right through the -- and make sure that there's no fire no smoke. -- explosion. -- you see that's an excellent results. Battery performance is the last thing they'll test as part of their resellers now -- you won't be seeing it in batteries in today's Smartphones and tablets. They are on track to start cropping up sometime in 2013. For CNET -- -- involved.