Aura’s Powercell is claimed to be 90% recyclable, and made primarily of aluminum foil and graphene, containing zero cobalt. Cobalt is used in almost all lithium batteries today to increase energy density and cycle life, but it is one of the most destructive metals to produce in terms of its human rights impact.
At the end of its lifespan, Cobalt can be melted down and recycled back into its base materials. Aura then uses those base materials to make their Powercells. In short, Aura’s supply chain is achieves sustainability by potentially using 100% post industrial and consumer waste in its battery production.
The Powercell is rated for 250,000 cycles, several orders of magnitude greater than high performance drone lithium-polymer (LiPo) and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries which are rated at approximately 200 and 1000 cycles, respectively.
Why it’s important: With 40 years of combined direct experience with electric VTOL systems, Aura’s founders have laid the pathway to extreme high energy, heavy lift electric VTOL applications. Delivering on industry needs at both a component and systems levels, Aura Aerospace is establishing a platform of safety, reliability and dependability in high power electric VTOL systems. Furthermore, the cycle life improvements of the Powercell over other batteries will significantly decrease battery replacement costs over the life of a product or vehicle, making it an appealing investment for eVTOL operators. Ongoing battery replacement can dramatically increase cost of ownership, as well as significantly impact environmental sustainability.