KOH concentration effect on the cycle life of nickel-hydrogen cellsEffects of KOH concentration on the cycle life of a sintered-type nickel electrode were studied in a boiler plate nickel-hydrogen cell at 23 C using an accelerated 45-min cycle regime at 80 percent depth of discharge. The cycle life improved greatly as the KOH concentration decreased, although the initial capacity of the cell decreased slightly. The cycle life improved by a factor of two or more when the KOH concentration was reduced from 36 to 31 percent and by a similar factor from reductions of 31 to 26 percent. For many applications, this life improvement may outweigh the initial capacity decrease.
Lim, H. S. (Hughes Research Labs. Malibu, CA, United States)
Verzwyvelt, S. A. (Hughes Research Laboratories Malibu, CA, United States)