Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)
Rakesh Krishnamoorthy Iyer
The Lithium-Ion battery is one of the most widely used rechargeable battery technologies today. Its applications span a wide set of categories from transportation, stationary storage, and powering consumer technology such as cell phones. The most pervasive and commercially available version of the Lithium-Ion cell today uses a porous liquid electrolyte and graphite-based anode. The non-solid character of these components yields a number of performance and safety disadvantages for the battery. Solid state Lithium batteries, which substitute the non-solid electrolyte and anode of the Lithium-Ion battery with solid versions, are a potential solution to the performance and safety concerns of Lithium-Ion batteries. This paper will first investigate the existing life cycle analysis data available on the most promising solid-state battery chemistries and assess if their global warming potentials fall in line with the non-solid-state batteries being used commercially today. Lastly, it will assess the significance of the rare earth elements found in solid-state battery chemistries and how they may or may not contribute to the challenge of bringing solid-state batteries to market.
Kouliev, Elmir, "Review of Solid State Battery Life Cycle Analysis and Resource Criticality" (2023). CMC Senior Theses. 3225.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.