Implantation, Activation, Characterization and Prevention/Mitigation of Internal Short Circuits in Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85528
Agency Tracking Number: 90429
Amount: $999,746.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 15 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 460478749
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Suresh Sriramulu
 (617) 498-6242
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
For lithium-ion battery-based HEVs and PHEVs to become commercially viable, occurrences of rare but violent spontaneous field failures of lithium-ion cells must be prevented. We are developing a methodology to reliably and reproducibly implant and activate internal short circuits of the type believed to be responsible for field failure incidents in lithium-ion cells. This methodology is being used to develop battery safety technologies for mitigating safety incidents of internal short circuits in lithium-ion cells. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Safer lithium-ion batteries will be of benefit to existing portable power applications (e.g. laptops, cell phones, power tools), while at the same time enabling the implementation of Li-ion technology in the emerging HEV and PHEV applications. HEVs and PHEVs will have substantial positive impact on national energy efficiency and energy independence.

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