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Graphene Nanocomposite Cathode for Advanced Space Battery

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
114830
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Graphene Nanocomposite Cathode for Advanced Space Battery
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE74P
Award Amount: $125,000.00
 

Abstract:

High efficiency power systems are needed for NASA's future human exploration of space and such power systems must have advanced safety feature and provide high specific energy and high volumetric energy density. Luna Innovations propose to develop novel rechargeable battery with advanced non-toxic and safe anode and cathode materials. Aggressive weight and volume performance improvements over state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries will be achieved for use in NASA's size-sensitive space vehicles. The proposed graphene nanocomposite-based cathode can be used in coupling with advanced silicon anodes that are much safer compared to lithium metal anodes used in conventional Li-ion batteries. The new battery technology incorporates novel graphene/nanosheet composite in the cathode design to provide higher efficiency for active material utilization and improved reversibility in the electrochemical reactions thus to provide higher energy density and greater cycling stability. We anticipate that the new rechargeable battery will meet all of the metric goals including safety, stability, cycle life and power that specified by NASA for its human-rated space applications.

Principal Investigator:

Zhiguo Zhou
Principal Investigator
4344834234
zhouz@lunainnovations.com

Business Contact:

Maggie Hudson
Business Official
4344834254
submissions307@lunainnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541560050
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No