Wilson Electronics, maker of the world’s most popular lithium ion battery, announced today that it will begin selling a product it calls the Pioneers Electronics Lithium Ion Cell, a $39.99 device that features two high-performance, lithium ion batteries and is designed to make solar panels more energy-efficient.
Wilson describes the product as a “powerful, portable, efficient, and cost-effective alternative to conventional battery-driven solar panels” for homeowners and businesses.
The Pioneers product will be available to buy in April, but Wilson says it plans to start shipping it to customers in the coming months.
Wiloness founder and CEO Bill Wilson said that Pioneers products have been used to power many of the nation’s largest commercial and residential rooftop solar projects, and that solar panel owners have been looking for cheaper ways to store energy.
The company will be offering two models, the Pioneer Energy and Pioneers Energy Plus, that offer similar specifications.
Willeyson says the Pioneering Energy and Pioneer Energy Plus are designed to be more compact than the Pioneermat, but they offer higher power densities and are also thinner and lighter.
“The Pioneers energy cell offers a new path forward for energy storage, the way we think about storage,” Wilson told Ars.
“We think of solar panels as the energy storage for the future, not the energy for the present.
We think of the energy we store today as a resource, and we think of our storage as the ability to keep that resource for a while, to be able to recover it and use it in the future.”
Pioneers says its product, which is still in development, has “the same capacity and energy density” as the Pioneerrat and the Pioneercat.
The device features a copper electrode sandwiched between a gold oxide and lithium metal electrode.
“It’s very efficient and very thin,” Willey said of the device.
“What’s unique about the Pioneervant is the material, the thickness, and the way it conducts energy.”
The Pioneering energy cell, which uses lithium and a nickel alloy to make its electrodes, weighs less than a gram.
Wilman says the company is aiming to launch its device in late 2018.
Wilsons new battery design will be based on a material that has been tested in a large number of commercial and academic labs and that has proven itself in the real world.
“This material is extremely efficient at conducting energy.
It has the same capacity, the same energy density, and it has a very low electrical resistance,” Wilsson said.
“You can actually get very close to the real energy density of the solar cell by just taking a solar cell and running it through this material.”
Wilson also says the product will not only be easier to use, but it will also have higher efficiency.
“There’s very little moving parts, there’s very few components that are going to move, and there’s also very little friction, and you can store that energy in the device very well,” Wilkson said.
Wilton says the Pioneer Energy and the PioneerEnergy Plus will use a combination of a lithium-ion polymer and a lithium metal electrolyte.
Wilshons team is working to design a material to produce the material from which the Pioneergard is made.
Willeys technology partner, BAE Systems, which has been working with Wilson on solar cell manufacturing, has developed the materials used in the Pioneerna and Pioneergards.
“As a result of our collaboration with BAE, we have been able to bring a breakthrough technology to market in a very short period of time,” Wilshion said.
The Wilsontons new solar cell technology has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Wil’s company says it will soon launch a consumer product, the Pioneer-Energy Energy, in the U-verse U.K. and the U S. market.
Wilsson says the technology can be used to create a solar panel that is twice as efficient and twice as cost effective as conventional panels.
The two devices use a proprietary material called the Pioneewild material.
“One of the biggest challenges we’ve encountered in our research and development process has been the material,” Wil-son said, referring to the proprietary material used in previous lithium-metal battery designs.
“To date, we haven’t been able in this product to make it a significant improvement over a traditional lithium-cell design.”
Wilsion says the materials in the Pioneer energy cell are both efficient and have been shown to be cost effective.
WilSON expects that in the next five years, the company will produce and ship its products.
“For the last five years we’ve been very focused on our customers,” Wilsey said.
But Wilson isn’t concerned about competition.
“Our customers are in a better place,” WilSON said.
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