Nissan has licensed technology to APB Corporation to allow mass production of lithium-ion batteries with increased charging capacity.

Tokyo-based APB plans to build a factory in Japan which will use Nissan’s technology to make all-polymer batteries for storage use.

Nissan says its technology, known as bipolar structure all-polymer, will help consumers and communities to more effectively use low-cost or renewable energy at a lower initial cost.

“We believe the widespread adoption of this technology will contribute to fulfilling the UN’s sustainable development goals and help realise a sustainable, low-carbon society,” said Nissan Corporate Strategy and Business Development Division VP, Hideki Kimata.

Nissan started researching and developing lithium-ion batteries in the early 1990s.

The technology increases charging capacity relative to battery volume, while also enhancing safety by replacing liquid electrolytes with polymers. The simplified structure also lowers cost.

Mainstream use of stationary batteries with the technology will help individual customers make use of low-cost electricity, such as renewable energy from solar panels or electricity purchased from the grid during off-peak hours, with a smaller initial investment.