These batteries, as the sealed lead-acid ones, allow oxygen recombination on overcharge, so that they can be sealed and need no maintenance. The electrodes reactions are those mentioned for conventional batteries. However, in this case, the negative electrode has a higher capacity than the positive. During charge, the latter is fully oxidized first and starts to evolve 02, which migrates to the negative electrode and reacts:
As for the sealed lead-acid, a thin electrolyte layer is used to help oxygen transfer.
The most common cells are cylindrical (0.05 to 35 Ah) or button-type (0.02 to 0.5 Ah). However, sealed Ni-Cd batteries of 200-400 Ah have been built for EV applications.
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