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Empowering the Future: IDTechEx Discusses the Progress of Solid-State Battery Technology

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BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In the ever-evolving energy storage landscape, the advent of solid-state batteries (SSBs) is leading to a new era of possibilities. As the demand for higher performance and safer energy storage solutions grows, SSBs have emerged as a frontrunner in the race for next-generation battery technology. SSBs have been further developed for more than a decade after some initial commercial efforts. The landscape is quite different from what it looked like ten years ago, as discussed in IDTechEx’s technology and market research report, “Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2023-2033: Technology, Forecasts, Players”.

Understanding solid-state batteries
Since their inception in the 1990s, lithium-ion batteries have seamlessly integrated into our lives, offering portability, longevity, and energy density thanks to their reliable performance, cost-effectiveness, and widespread availability. These batteries typically consist of a graphite anode, a layered oxide cathode, and a separator soaked in an organic liquid electrolyte. These components, combined in various configurations, create the Li-ion battery modules and packs that power our devices and vehicles.
While lithium-ion batteries continue to dominate the energy storage market, they come with limitations, including safety concerns and environmental issues related to their liquid electrolytes. Solid-state batteries have emerged as a promising alternative in response to these challenges.
Solid-state batteries replace the flammable liquid electrolyte with a solid-state electrolyte (SSE), which offers inherent safety benefits. SSEs also open the door to using different cathode and anode materials, expanding the possibilities of battery design. Although some SSBs are based on lithium-ion chemistry, not all follow this path.
Why solid-state batteries matter
Several key performance indicators (KPIs) make SSBs an attractive choice for various applications.
Enhanced Safety: SSBs are considered the “holy grail” of battery technology due to their improved safety profile. The absence of flammable liquid electrolytes minimizes the risk of thermal runaway, making SSBs a safer option.
Higher Energy Density: SSBs offer the potential for higher energy density, a critical factor in applications like electric vehicles (EVs) and consumer electronics, where longer range and longer battery life are desired.
Longer Cycle Life: SSBs tend to have longer cycle lives, meaning they can withstand more charge and discharge cycles without significant degradation.
Wide Operating Temperature Range: SSBs can operate effectively across a broader temperature range, making them suitable for extreme conditions.
Simplified Design: SSBs can simplify battery design due to their solid-state nature, potentially reducing the complexity of energy storage systems.
Flexibility: Some SSBs offer mechanical flexibility, allowing them to be integrated into various form factors.
These advantages have spurred intense interest in SSB technology across industries.
The path to market realization
The journey to market realization for SSBs has been a subject of much debate. To define when SSBs will become a reality, it’s crucial to clarify what constitutes an SSB. Currently, polymer-based SSBs are commercially available, while semi/hybrid/pseudo SSBs are undergoing trials. Ceramic-based all solid-state batteries (ASSBs) remain in the developmental phase.
True SSBs should be devoid of any liquid or gel polymers. However, semi/hybrid/pseudo SSBs, which may contain liquid components, still offer advantages such as enhanced safety and higher energy density. They are often referred to as “Solid-state batteries” in the public domain.
Several technological approaches fall under the SSB umbrella, including oxide, sulfide, and polymer systems, each with its variations. Sulfide electrolytes, for instance, offer high ionic conductivity but face challenges in manufacturing and safety. Polymer systems are easy to fabricate but have limitations in operating temperature and stability. Oxide systems offer stability but have higher manufacturing costs.
Commercialization may begin with polymer-based SSBs, followed by semi-solid oxide systems. Sulfide systems, while gaining attention, may take longer to reach the market.
Overcoming challenges
The adoption of SSBs faces challenges, including high capital expenditure (CAPEX), comparable operational costs (OPEX), and premium pricing. Clear value propositions must be presented to gain public acceptance.
While discussions about the safety benefits of SSBs persist, evidence suggests they offer higher abuse tolerance. Heightened energy density is another advantage, but it must align with cathode and anode materials advancements.
System-level efforts, such as cell to pack (CTP) design, thermal management systems, and mechanical innovations, are gaining prominence. CTP designs, driven by improved safety and bipolar stacking, enable flexible pack designs and higher energy density.
Initial generations of SSBs may have lower energy densities and higher costs compared to Li-ion batteries at cell level. However, the benefits of flexible design and reduced material use may make SSB packs competitive.
Thermal management systems for SSBs will be essential, with different operating temperature requirements than Li-ion batteries.
In addition to technology, considerations must address equipment utilization, factory footprint, supply chain establishment, and manufacturing yield improvement.
Looking ahead
Polymer-based SSBs are already in use in vehicles like the Daimler eCitaro. Toyota’s technological breakthrough announcement is expected to drive further material development and device optimization.
The market may embrace SSBs, even if they contain small amounts of liquid or gel polymers, as long as they deliver the desired features. Hybrid semi-solid batteries could provide a transition route, offering improved performance. In the short term, hybrid SSBs may become more common, with ASSBs representing the ultimate destination as technology matures.
There are many questions around solid-state batteries, from technology benchmarking & analysis, market estimation & forecast, player activity tracking & evaluation, to supply chain establishment & security.  It is important to understand both the science and business behind it to make the correct strategic decisions. IDTechEx’s market research report, “Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2023-2033: Technology, Forecasts, Players”, answers the major questions, challenges, and opportunities for solid-state batteries.
To find out more about this IDTechEx report, including downloadable sample pages, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/SSB. For the full portfolio of energy storage related research from IDTechEx, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/Research/ES.
Upcoming Free-to-Attend Webinar
Advanced Energy Storage & Hydrogen: Breakthroughs and Beyond
IDTechEx will be hosting a free-to-attend webinar on Wednesday 22 November 2023 – Advanced Energy Storage & Hydrogen: Breakthroughs and Beyond.
This webinar will draw on IDTechEx’s extensive energy storage market research portfolio to provide an overview of:
The current Li-ion battery landscape and recent developments in recycling and end-of-life managementAlternative battery technologies, such as solid-state (SSB), sodium-ion (Na-ion), and redox flow batteries (RFBs), amongst othersHydrogen’s evolving role as a feedstock, fuel and energy carrier and its latest technological and market developmentsClick here to find out more and register your place on one of our three sessions.
About IDTechEx
IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping you profit from emerging technologies. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.IDTechEx.com.
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ZTE set to bring brilliant 5G-A highlights to MWC 2024, unfolding the intelligent future

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a global leading provider of information and communication technology solutions, is proud to unveil the highlights of 5G-A during the Mobile World Congress 2024. This initiative aims to unlock the full potential of 5G technology and create infinite value.

Green Infrastructure Pursuing the Bit-Watt Perfect Curve
Industry’s first constant PA efficiency radio platform for optimal performanceThe latest radio platform achieves near-constant PA efficiency, ensuring optimal performance at all times. This enables 25-30 percentage points higher PA efficiency and 35% lower RRU power consumption than the industry average.  
0 bit 0 watt with industry-first hibernationThe industry’s first hibernation technology has been deployed at scale across over 300,000 AAUs to reduce the power consumption of AAU to as low as 5 watts when there is no traffic. This technology has also been applied to RRU, helping achieve power consumption as low as 3 watts when there is no traffic. For small cells, hibernation enables 0 watts for pRRUs when there is no traffic, and the cell can be awakened in seconds when there are any attempts of service access.
5G-A B2C: Seamless 10Gbps+ Experiences
Uni-Radio enables site simplification with 10 times fewer radios The Uni-Radio (A+P) achieves extremely simplified integration of 7-bands into 1, with dual-band AAU, the industry’s unique 5-band UBR and FDD full-band antenna, achieving a reduction of radio units from 10 to 1.
Industry-unique 12TR RRU goes extremely green, enabling superior energy efficiencyThe industry-unique dual-band 12TR RRU evolves based on a new platform, achieving near-constant PA efficiency. This enables a 35% lower RRU power consumption than the industry average. With the industry’s first RF pooling, the 12TR RRU enables inter-sector output power sharing. For any given sector, 4*120W can be used as 4x160W, achieving higher power efficiency.
Industry’s highest integration FDD Massive MIMO pushes the 4G capacity envelope even furtherThe tri-band FDD Massive MIMO supports all RATs from 2G to 5G and NB-IoT with an impressive 640W output power in only 115L, achieving up to 6 times throughput improvement. Additionally, AI beamforming enhances FDD Massive MIMO performance by 30%, while the industry-unique beam-level DSS optimizes spectrum utilization, achieving an additional 10% data rate gain.  
Industry’s largest bandwidth mmWave AAU empowers 5G-A 10Gbps+ experience The industry’s largest 1.6GHz bandwidth mmWave AAU enables single cell to achieve 28Gbps+ capacity, empowering 10Gbps+ experiences. It serves for diverse scenarios, including fixed wireless access (FWA), large-bandwidth mobile backhaul, and UHD live broadcasting, among others.  
5G-A B2B: Network-Cloud Integration, Service Commissioning in One Hour
UniEngine: All-in-one-box private 5G solution for core productionsUniEngine realizes all-in-one integration of 5G core, 5G RAN, and simplified O&M, while providing powerful computing to enable effortless deployment of 3rd party applications. Enhanced deterministic capabilities of RAN offer much improved service guarantees. The simplified O&M significantly assists even less experienced enterprises in rolling out their private 5G networks and enables end-to-end service performance monitoring.  
Indoor 5G-A CampSite creates new possibilities for TV broadcasting and VR entertainmentThe suitcase-sized CampSite is easy to deploy by one person. It integrates communication and computing, enabling 5G-A network setup within one hour. Additionally, with the inclusion of MiCell, the industry’s first mmWave distributed micro-cell and IF pooling solution, it achieves 2,500m2 coverage, providing up to 6Gbps downlink or 4Gbps uplink, with ultra-low latency of [email protected]% and high reliability. CampSite facilitates new use cases such as 5G-powered TV broadcasting, wireless large-scale and backpack-free VR entertainment, among others.  
5G-A B2X: Boosting the New Economy
Ultra-reliable 5G-A network and edge-cloud integration realize cost-efficient V2X for smart transportationZTE deployed the first 5G-A based vehicle-road-cloud integrated V2X network, empowering autonomous driving and enhancing traffic efficiency. The ultra-reliable network and the edge-cloud at base-station achieve [email protected]% latency, enabling L4 autonomous driving for L2 vehicles at speeds of up to 60km/h.  
5G-A NTN realizes universal connectivity through space-ground integrationZTE has developed the industry’s first NTN ground base station and completed the world’s first 5G IoT-NTN direct-to-cell trial over the S-band as well as the industry’s first maritime trial and NR-NTN lab and field trials. These efforts aim to provide capabilities for emergency communication, wide-area IoT, and internet services.   
Ubiquitous Intelligence: Achieving All-Round High Efficiency
5G-A BBU, the integration of communication and computation for rich AI applications5G-A BBU achieves seamless integration of communication and computation capabilities. Leveraging its computation capability, base-station native AI enhances RAN intelligence, enabling highly efficient service guarantees to boost traffic, implement more precise power-saving strategies, and facilitate L4 autonomous network O&M. By opening the computation resource open to third parties, cost-efficient app deployment at the base station becomes possible, enriching the range of new applications.   
AIGC empowered uSmartNet commercial used during a grand sports event in Asia Based on AIGC and digital twin technology, ZTE’s uSmartNet achieved the industry’s first smart games assurance during the event. This accomplishment resulted in zero major issue and zero major customer complaints, improving operational efficiency by 15% and reducing workload by 30%.
ABOUT ZTE:ZTE helps to connect the world with continuous innovation for a better future. The company provides innovative technologies and integrated solutions, and its portfolio spans all series of wireless, wireline, devices and professional telecommunications services. Serving over a quarter of the global population, ZTE is dedicated to creating a digital and intelligent ecosystem, and enabling connectivity and trust everywhere. ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. www.zte.com.cn/global
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MIAMI INVESTOR SUMMIT KICKS OFF TODAY WITH GLOBAL LEADERS DISCUSSING HUMANITY’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

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MIAMI, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Leading figures from finance, government, business, tech, and innovation are convening to deliberate on a range of pressing economic and public policy issues at FII PRIORITY Miami summit, a major global investor summit, held today and tomorrow at Miami’s Faena Forum.

The summit brings together investors from around the world gathered with CEOs of major global corporations and policy experts to seek workable impactful solution to issues such as the regulation of AI. This year’s theme, ‘On the Edge of a New Frontier,’ reflects the profound changes the world is experiencing as technology transforms society and economies.
Richard Attias, CEO of FII Institute, said,”Today’s conversations reflected a sense of urgency as the world grapples with what to do about AI, political uncertainty, and changes in the shape of the global economy. And we bring these conversations to Miami—the new America—so we can chart a steadfast course towards a prosperous future, fully equipped with the insights and knowledge we need, harnessing the power of collective work and thought.”
In his opening conversation, H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Public Investment Fund Governor and Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute Chairman, underscored the role of AI and its key contribution to future economies, saying “Al is coming in a big way! The impact will be very positive as soon as we have regulations in place to monitor, control, and enable this technology. AI could increase global GDP by 14%.”
Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, addressed the issue of AI regulation, and how CEOs can innovate through periods of extreme volatility and pivot towards future trends, adding “regulations will struggle to match the rapid pace of technological change and may be outdated within a year. We have to ensure that emerging technologies reflect humanity and our system of values and beliefs.”
The summit’s much anticipated roundtable of global CEOs, entitled the “Board of Changemakers,” discussed trends and economic outlook. Participating in this year’s roundtable were Pamela Liebman, President and CEO of The Corcoran Group; Pierre Beaudion, Chairman of the Board of Bombardier Inc; Jenny Johnson, President and CEO of Franklin Templeton; Marcello Claure, Founder and CEO of Claure Group; and Stephen A. Schwarzman, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of The Blackstone Group. The session underscored the impact of digitalization, particularly blockchain and AI, on future investments, advocating for regulation and ethical usage. The members of the board also highlighted AI’s massive role in increasing efficiency and how AI can be harnessed to resolve climate change issues.
Mike Pompeo, 70th Secretary of State of the United States and Executive Chairman of Impact Investments, addressed the economic consequences of conflict, saying: “in the economic sphere, the connectivity between the things happening geopolitically is now ever more closely tied to thinking about investments and capital flows. It is impossible to separate geopolitical risk from capital allocation.”
Conclave sessions were held for select senior participants to delve into the concerns relevant to their sectors with full transparency.  For example, the conclave on AI convened many leading figures involved in the development of technologies, governance of AI, technology investment, and regulation, with a number of global initiatives on AI regulation presented
A special address by former Treasury Secretary Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor & President Emeritus at Harvard University, and board member at OpenAI, highlighted economic and political contexts, including prospects for soft or hard economic landing, and likely outcomes of the US election. Dr. Summers was joined by Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Fututes, who noted that AI is likely to double everyone’s productivity, underscoring the importance of AI regulation, he added “there are questions about what happens when computers start to make decisions.”
FII Institute’s Founding Partner is the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which, alongside the Vision Partner, the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia, and 26 international strategic partners are actively involved in the ongoing work of the institute. The FII Institute welcomed two new strategic partners at the summit: ACWA Power and Franklin Templeton. Speakers from strategic partners Franklin Templeton, GFH, HSBC, NEOM, ROSHN, Sanabil, Softbank, and State Street shared updates on their international projects relevant to the themes of the summit.
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The Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute is a global non-profit foundation driven by data with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity. Global and inclusive, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in four critical areas: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, Education, Healthcare and Sustainability.
The FII PRIORITY Miami summit continues conversations held in Hong Kong and Riyadh in Autumn 2023. It is part of an ongoing global program of summits held throughout the year, with upcoming summits in Rio de Janeiro in June and Asia later in the year.
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Securitas issues a MEUR 500 Eurobond

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STOCKHOLM, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Securitas has today successfully closed a MEUR 500 bond in the Eurobond market with maturity in 2030. The coupon was 3.875 percent including a margin of 115 basis points.

The proceeds will mainly be used to refinance existing debt. 
The joint lead managers were BofA Securities, CIC, Commerzbank, Danske Bank, DNB and UniCredit. 
Further information:
Investors: Micaela Sjökvist, Vice President, Investor Relations, +46 76 116 7443, [email protected]
The following files are available for download:
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