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Understanding the Self-Discharge of Li-S and Mg-S Batteries From a Modeling Perspective

Richter, Raphael and Häcker, Joachim and Danner, Timo and Wagner, Norbert and Friedrich, Andreas and Latz, Arnulf (2019) Understanding the Self-Discharge of Li-S and Mg-S Batteries From a Modeling Perspective. ACEPS 10, 24.-27. Nov. 2019, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Modern Lithium-ion batteries based on intercalation chemistry hold more than twice as much energy by weight and are ten times cheaper than the first commercial versions sold by Sony. But today they are near its limits. Metal anodes for ‘beyond Li-Ion’ batteries, such as Lithium-sulfur or Lithium-air, promise higher energy density and lower cost. However, the formation of dendrites is a major security risk and prevented a commercialization of the technology in large scales. Magnesium in term can be directly used as anode material due to its dendrite-free deposition and thus increases the safety as well as energy density. Two electrons are stored per Mg atom which compensates the generally lower discharge potential of magnesium-based cell chemistries. In recent years magnesium-sulfur batteries are discussed as an attractive next-generation energy storage system and provides a high capacity of 3832 mAh/cm3 and 2230 mAh/g with an energy density of over 3200 Wh/l [1]. Such an energy density is beyond that of lithium-sulfur batteries and is, therefore, very promising for automotive and stationary applications. Furthermore, magnesium and sulfur are both naturally abundant, low in price and non-toxic. However, magnesium-sulfur batteries are in a very early stage of research and development. The system suffers from similar problems like the early Li-S batteries which are a low coulombic efficiency and cycle life, mainly associated with the well-known polysulfide shuttle. Moreover, the reactions at both the positive and negative electrode are not yet fully understood but similar sulfur reduction mechanisms are generally assumed [2]. In order to harvest the conceptual similarities between lithium and magnesium sulfur batteries we formulate a common framework for metal sulfur batteries. In a multiscale approach we describe the processes in sulfur host materials (e.g. meso/mricoporous carbons) and on cell level (1+1D). The transport of dissolved species is modeled by the Nernst-Planck equation and sulfur red/ox kinetics are described by a reduced mechanism which is able to reproduce the key experimental results for Me-S batteries [3]. Therefore, the model is able to capture the kinetics of sulfur redistribution in the cell during cycling driven by the polysulfide shuttle. By taking into account side reactions at the negative electrode we are able to describe the experimentally observed decrease in coulombic efficiency and capacity. However, in our presentation we focus on the investigation of the OCV and self-discharge behavior of Li-S and Mg-S batteries and shed some light on the key differences between the two. The simulation results will be compared to in-house experimental data measured on sulfur/carbon composite electrodes. For these experiments the Mg-S and Li-S cells under investigation are identical with respect to dimensions, cathode material and electrolyte solvent. The insights gained from these can be used to focus the development of Mg-S batteries on certain aspects and thus accelerate it. In close collaboration with the experimental groups at DLR and HIU we aim at guiding new developments of the Mg-S system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132666/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Understanding the Self-Discharge of Li-S and Mg-S Batteries From a Modeling Perspective
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Richter, RaphaelRaphael.Richter (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Häcker, JoachimJoachim.Haecker (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2031-9898
Danner, TimoTimo.Danner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2336-6059
Friedrich, AndreasTTUNSPECIFIED
Latz, ArnulfArnulf.Latz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:27 November 2019
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Mg-S, Continuum model, Simulation, Batterie
Event Title:ACEPS 10
Event Location:Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.-27. Nov. 2019
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures
HGF - Program Themes:Electrochemical Energy Storage
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SP - Energy Storage
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Electrochemical Prcesses (Batteries) (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Computational Electrochemistry
Deposited By: Richter, Raphael
Deposited On:16 Dec 2019 15:18
Last Modified:16 Dec 2019 15:18

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