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Liquefied Gas Electrolytes for Next-Gen EV Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001730
Agency Tracking Number: 2761-1516
Amount: $295,502.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-05-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2026-05-09
Small Business Information
3030 Bunker Hill St.
San Diego, CA 92109
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Cyrus Rustomji
 (858) 304-0231
Business Contact
 Cyrus Rustomji
Phone: (858) 304-0231
Research Institution

This combined phase SBIR I,II,IIS proposal seeks to develop and demonstrate high power lithium battery cells having up to 330 Wh-kg specific energy with capability to fast charge using a novel Liquefied Gas Electrolyte (LiGas) technology. The LiGas electrolyte uses safe and non-toxic, non-corrosive gasses which are liquefied under moderate pressures and are easily contained in standard cylindrical cell cans. The technology has already demonstrated excellent performance with conventional 18650,2170 Graphite-NMC Li-ion cells and offers many areas for cost reduction. This project will focus on developing higher energy and higher power lithium cells up to 330 Wh-kg which have capability to fast charge and offer significant safety advantages and low temperature performance while reducing cost. This performance will be achieved with using the inherent safety, high power, and low temperature advantages of the LiGas electrolyte in combination with partner’s high-capacity silicon anode and high voltage and cobalt-free LNMO spinel cathodes. All Category I solicitation requirements (specific and volumetric energy, cold temperature performance, cost, etc.) are all expected to be met by the proposed technology.

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