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Economically Scalable High Performance High Voltage Li-ion Cathode

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018862
Agency Tracking Number: 237238
Amount: $149,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 13a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001771
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-01
Small Business Information
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3102
United States
DUNS: 962944695
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jack Treger
 (781) 879-1244
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Phone: (781) 879-1286
Research Institution

Broad commercialization and adoption of electric drive vehicles (EVs) that meet the market requirements for driving range requires development of electrochemical storage technologies that can deliver high energy density while providing requisite power, cycle life and calendar life at a low cost. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are the current technology of choice for both consumer electronics and emerging EVs. However, the highest energy density Li-ion cells currently used for commercial portable power applications are still well over 100 $/kWh in cost. On a $/kWh basis, Li-ion costs are more greatly driven by cathode materials than by any other component, and therefore lower cost, high-performance next generation cathode materials are needed to provide higher energy density, lower cost Li-ion cells. CAMX Power is developing a novel low-cost, high voltage Li-ion cathode chemistry with long cycle life. This novel chemistry produced via a low-cost manufacturing process, enables Li-ion electric drive vehicle batteries that are lower cost and higher energy density.CAMX Power will resolve historical challenges of high voltage cathodes by developing an inexpensive manufacturing process, developing protective coatings based on ionically and electronically conducting materials to boost high temperature cycle life, and by developing electrolyte formulations that are stable for high voltage operation. In Phase I, we will optimize the process for synthesis of the high voltage spinel cathode and explore different techniques for coating the material with the protective layer. Best-performing materials will be evaluated with high voltage-stable electrolytes and implemented in 200mAh pouch cells for program demonstration.

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