AC Biode – Alternating Current batteries
AC Biode has joined the InnoEnergy portfolio. They are developing the world’s first standalone alternating current (AC) battery using a so called ‘biode’, which has both the characteristics of an anode and a cathode. The AC battery is more efficient, safer and about 30 per cent more compact than regular batteries, which use direct current (DC).
“We are going to use existing materials and production lines but switch from DC to AC. All the batteries in the world are direct current,” according to Tadashi Kubo, CEO and co-founder. “At the moment when you charge a battery, the power source comes from AC and the battery is DC. The majority of motors, such as in electric cars or drones, are AC. So you lose up to 35 per cent of electricity. We can reduce the loss.”