Murata Manufactoring, one of Japan’s leading electronic component manufacturers, has announced development plans for the solid state batteries. The company, in 2017, acquired the business branch of Sony specialized in the development of these components with the aim of increasing the two industrial centers present in Singapore and Wuxi.
100 thousand pieces per month from this fall
The investments that followed this industrial plan prompted the various development teams to create the various components necessary for the realization of solid state batteries. Just a few millimeters large, this type of battery will see its use in rather small products such as for example smartwatch, earphones and other wearable devices.
Compared to the classic batteries characterized by a liquid electrolyte, the solid state batteries made by Murata Manufacturing have a solid electrolyte: it is far less dangerous than the liquid electrolyte, as well as being smaller and with a higher energy density.
“We will start production of the solid state battery in small quantities in the first half of the year ending March 2022 and expand production in the second half“, points out Masanori Minamide, member of the board of directors of the company. According to company sources, Murata plans to build approx 100 thousand battery per month and, at least for the first few periods, the company expects to record no profits from the solid-state battery trade.
“It will take a little longer for the battery business to become profitable“, The president does not fail to emphasize Norio Nakajima. “We need a certain level of investment to increase production because we are receiving a lot of orders“.