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Next Generation Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0287
Agency Tracking Number: FX224-OCSO1-0057
Amount: $74,801.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X224-OCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.4
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-01
Small Business Information
2051 E Paul Dirac Dr Ofc 180A
Tallahassee, FL 32310-3760
United States
DUNS: 118483927
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Claudiu Bucur
 (954) 682-9520
Business Contact
 Claudiu Bucur
Phone: (954) 682-9520
Research Institution

Piersica, Inc. is a battery technology company accelerating the path to market of safe, solid-state-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with twice the energy density of commodity Li-ion. Piersica’s unique solution integrates three proprietary technologies in a new battery cell design: (1) a novel solid polymer electrolyte that is lightweight and compatible with high-voltage cathodes, (2) a cutting-edge 3D lithium metal anode with a high surface area and fast operation rate, and (3) a leak-free Li-rich cathode layer which yields significantly higher capacity and voltage. Altogether, these innovations can provide a gravimetric battery energy density greater than 630 Wh/kg, more than twice that of current Li-ion. Each of the proprietary components in Piersica’s battery cell architecture are designed to be scalable, and their fabrication processes are compatible with the existing technologies used by battery manufacturers. Battery cells made with Piersica’s membrane separators also benefit from the elimination of the organic liquid electrolyte separator used in standard Li-ion batteries, thus significantly reducing the risk of fire and offering the potential for efficient operation in a much wider range of temperatures. Piersica’s electrode technologies can furthermore enable fast charging rates that can fully charge a cell in as little as 20 minutes.

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