Flameproof Additives for Automotive Li Ion Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85339
Agency Tracking Number: 90457
Amount: $99,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 15 d
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
DUNS: 076603836
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Trung Nguyen
 (781) 769-9450
Business Contact
 David Rauh
Title: Dr.
Phone: (781) 769-9450
Email: drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution
When lithium-ion cells are exposed to high temperatures, overcharge, over discharge, or short circuits, the extreme conditions not only could cause cell failure but also could lead to fires or even explosions. Such possibilities have led to serious concerns about the use of this type of battery in the development of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid EVs (HEVs), and plug-in HEVs (PHEVs). Therefore, it is critical to develop new materials for improving the safety and usability of large-format lithium-ion batteries. This project will develop new flame retardant additives for Li-ion battery electrolytes. These additives will be used in small quantities and will be designed to not adversely affect battery operation while completely suppressing flammability. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Li batteries are considered to be promising candidates for electric vehicles and portable electronic equipment. The successful development of safe and high energy density Li rechargeable batteries for HEV and PHEV should advance the worldwide effort to reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

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