Demonstration of Carbon Nanostructured Electrodes for High Energy Density Rechargeable Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0273
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1207
Amount: $68,565.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Davis
 PI/Electrical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 rwd@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The advent of carbon nanotechnology has now made rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries that meet mission target goals for the next generation of high energy density applications possible. Experiments performed to date have exhibited reversible capacitiesof lithium-polymer batteries with carbon nanotube electrodes as high as 1000 mAh/g for ball-milled nanotubes. This is far greater than has been shown experimentally for other forms of carbon.This Phase I will investigate (1) nanostructured active electrode (anode and cathode) materials capable of meeting the high energy density or pulse power goals in a practical battery and (2) the dependence of battery performance (capacity, charge rate,voltage hysteresis) on temperature.In view of Mainstream's long-term commitment to the design and development of improved storage techniques and our past record of successful performance, we believe funding of this Phase I is warranted. The significant performance, and rechargabilitybenefits, combined with the commercial potential, lead us to believe this Phase I effort will be highly successful. This Phase I is critical because it has been designed to provide the experimental data necessary to convince the DoD community of the benefits of the proposed approach. A cost-shared Fast Track Phase II proposal will be submitted. Mainstream has along-term commercial interest in this technology and the tremendous commercial opportunity is well-understood. Independent marketing studies have confirmed a significant commercial application; the commercial electronics battery market currently producesmillions of lithium-ion batteries per month.

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