A $3 billion aluminum hydrological application in the Philippines may be just the start, with a second application in China set to kick-start production, according to analysts.
Alumium, a chemical that’s been used to manufacture aluminum in other countries, is used in many applications including in batteries and fuel.
Aluminum hydroxides are used in lithium ion batteries to provide additional storage capacity for electric vehicles, according the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, or IISEA.
The Philippine application may be the first to produce aluminum hydrogel with significant storage capacity, according Alexei V. Ivanov, a professor at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and co-author of a report published in the journal Science Advances.
V. Ivanos team also said that the hydrolite is the most expensive hydrogels to produce, with an estimated price tag of $2.7 million per kg of hydrolites.
The hydrolines are made from silica, a common mineral that’s also used in plastics.
V., Ivanos said, is working on developing other hydrolides, including ones with high chemical stability and high surface area.
The materials will also be used to create “stable” aluminum hydroids, he said.
The Philippine application is expected to be ready in 2021, with Chinese companies expected to start producing the hydrogen in 2020, he added.