Montana Patent of the Month – February 2022

Recombination devices are commonly used to limit gas build-up in electrochemical cells that generate oxygen and hydrogen. Facilitating the reaction of these gasses leads to the formation of water which is directed back into the electrolyte solution and helps to avoid performance issues. ZAF Energy Systems, Inc. has been working on technology to revolutionize high performance batteries. Recently, they have developed a recombination system that enhances aqueous battery systems.

Implementing a recombination system within a battery charging cycle can extend the battery life by mitigating the loss of water from these aqueous based electrolytes. ZAF Energy Systems has incorporated recombination systems made of carbon cloth or materials which act as an electrode. The electrode contacts a metal scaffold and drives the recombination. The system is set up in alternating discrete layers of electrode and scaffold. The device mounts to the battery terminal and runs recombination as the battery charges. 

This set up helps to combat the common dry out problems associated with battery life. This dry out problem is a direct result of water decomposing into both oxygen and hydrogen and ultimately losing electrolytes. Simply recombining the decomposed elements back into water prevents electrolyte loss and enhances performance and life span.

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