Identifying Valuable Second Lives for Retired-Lithium-Ion Batteries in Transportation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10141
Agency Tracking Number: 171OS1005
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 171OS1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5717RSBIR17
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-29
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, 24136-3627
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carleen Bowers
 Nanomaterials Program Manager
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Title: CFO
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution
The identification of high-value and high-impact secondary applications for retired lithium-ion batteries is critical as the number of electric vehicles on the road continues to increase. During the Phase I DOT SBIR program NanoSonic will evaluate second-use application concepts for retired vehicular lithium-ion batteries in economically valuable, second-use sectors of transportation. We are partnering with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to assess the merit of integration in four areas: i) stationary transportation systems (i.e., Radar Speed Monitors, and Variable Message Displays); ii) Uninterrupted Power Supplies for Traffic Equipment in Remote Areas; iii) Lithium-Battery Solar Road Lights, and iv) Electric Bikes with V2I capabilities. During a possible Phase II program, we will verify the performance of the down-selected application by developing a prototype system that effectively and safely utilizes the post-vehicle Li-ion cells, and deliver an economically viable supply chain model based on the identified second-use market. Through this DOT program, NanoSonic aims to advance critical efforts in the U.S. to reclaim economic value in post vehicle Li-ion batteries.

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