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A new startup headquartered in Massachusetts is looking to change the game when it comes to lithium-ion batteries for drones. SolidEnergy Systems claims to be the first firm to sell lithium-metal batteries commercially and some of the first applications for this technology is in drones.

With an MIT pedigree, SolidEnergy Systems is a force to be reckoned with in the field of lithium-metal batteries. They claim their lithium-metal battery has twice the energy capacity of a lithium-ion battery, a huge leap in terms of energy stored.

This also provides advantages for miniaturization applications, meaning a lithium-metal battery half the size of a lithium-ion battery could hold as much charge or a similarly sized lithium-metal battery could hold twice the charge of a lithium-ion battery.

Giving drones more power allows them to undertake more rigorous tasks without the need for recharging as often. Founder Qichao Hu claims that the battery can double a drone’s flying radius and quadruple its flying area.

Currently SolidEnergy Systems is selling the lithium-metal batteries to drone makers who are specializing in bringing Internet access to rural areas.

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