Recent Progress on Printed Flexible Batteries: Mechanical Challenges, Printing Technologies, and Future Prospects

Abhinav M. Gaikwad, Ana Claudia Arias, Daniel Artemus Steingart

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Abstract

Traditional printing methods offer the advantage of well-matured technology, high accuracy of depositing inks over flexible substrates at high web speeds, and low cost of fabrication. The components of a battery-the current collectors, active layers, and separator-can all be deposited using conventional printing techniques by designing suitable inks. A combination of low thickness of printed electrodes, flexible packaging, battery architecture, and material properties makes printed batteries flexible. In this paper, we will discuss material challenges and mechanical limits of flexible printed batteries. We will review several printing techniques and present examples of batteries printed using these methods. In addition, we will briefly discuss other novel non-printed compliant batteries that have unique mechanical form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-328
Number of pages24
JournalEnergy Technology
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)

Keywords

  • Batteries
  • Energy conversion
  • Flexible electronics
  • Mechanical properties
  • Printing

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