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Composite Alkaline Battery Electrolyte with Improved Hydroxide-Ion Transport…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89761
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
85119
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466-1311
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Composite Alkaline Battery Electrolyte with Improved Hydroxide-Ion Transport Number
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85094
Award Amount: $99,870.00
 

Abstract:

Although the generation of electricity from renewable sources such as solar or wind offers enormous potential for meeting future energy demands, these sources are intermittent. Therefore, an efficient electrical energy storage system is required to ensure that the electricity is reliably available 24 hours a day, as needed for commercial and residential grid applications. Rechargeable alkaline batteries offer one solution, but their performance requires improvement by increasing the transport number for the electrolyte anion, hydroxide. This project will use advances in permeation ionomer science and transport processes to develop a low-solvent electrolyte with high transport number for the hydroxide ion. The electrolyte will be safe to manufacture. Also, the amount of free solvent water will be limited, in order to reduce the risk of leakage. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed electrolyte will have the potential to improve cycle life, safety, and service life of rechargeable batteries where high specific power is required. The proposed electrolyte should improve safety in manufacturing and handling by immobilizing and controlling hydroxide-ion transport of the caustic component of the battery electrolyte.

Principal Investigator:

Robert C. McDonald
Dr.
7815290530
rmcdonald@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony B. LaConti
Dr.
7815290501
alaconti@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 042529800
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No