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Efficient Production of Low-cost Battery Electrode Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-21-P-0073
Agency Tracking Number: L203-004-0058
Amount: $149,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA203-004
Solicitation Number: 20.3
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-05-09
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 (303) 940-2321
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

Rechargeable lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are now one of the major power storage solutions; they are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. Many weapons now depend on LIBs to power their systems. Unfortunately, the US military is particularly vulnerable to supply shortages of the active components needed for LIBs because virtually all large-scale production of electrode materials is done outside the US. In addition, may types of LIBs also incorporate cobalt. Cobalt is expensive, the supply is limited, and shortages are expected. As a result, there is a great need for cathode materials that are cobalt free, readily available in the US and that are safe and inexpensive.   The technical objective of the project is to develop an efficient low-cost method for producing large quantities of high-quality lithium iron phosphate (LFP). To accomplish this objective, we will develop a continuous production process. We will evaluate the LFP cathode materials by characterizing their physical and chemical structures and evaluate their electrochemical performance in the battery coin cells. We will estimate the total costs (materials, capital equipment) of our LFP production process. Based on this analysis, we will design and build a continuous pilot-scale production process for LFP in Phase II.

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