Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes Manufacturing to Improve Power and Energy Performance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-C-0080
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7342
Amount: $534,401.38
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-020
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-26
Small Business Information
4880 Venture Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 078782193
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hong Wang
 (734) 205-1450
Business Contact
 Angela Youngblood
Phone: (734) 205-1434
Research Institution
Navitas proposes a novel approach to produce high energy, high power lithium batteries.Our innovative approach produces multilayer electrodes with gradient pore structure throughout the thickness of the electrode. Phase I results showed that the graded electrode structure enhanced lithium ion transport. The innovative electrodes were fabricated using water-based coating process. Phase I individually demonstrated the benefits of each of the following advances in the fabrication of multilayer electrodes: dual slot-die coating, advanced drying technologies, and electrode additives.Feasibility was demonstrated at full-cell level in laboratory prototype pouch cells.In Phase II, Navitas will integrate the three advances, validate them with high energy anode and cathode materials, and scale up the integrated process for pilot production of multilayer electrodes. Phase II will develop 3.0Ah prototype cells and demonstrate the functionality over a wide-temperature range, under select environmental, storage, and cycling conditions. In addition, Navitas will initiate the scale-up and design processes and develop a preliminary cost structure for the production of battery systems >250 Wh/kg and >4kW/kg .

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