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Directly Applied Separator for Next Generation Lithium Battery Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-22-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0357
Amount: $1,599,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA203-003
Solicitation Number: 20.3
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-09-07
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ankita Faulkner
 (978) 835-4078
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution

During Phase I, Imperia Batteries has invented and demonstrated a Directly Applied (DA) separator processing technology that can reduce the cost and improve the performance of soldier power batteries in the DLA supply chain.  Imperia is proposing a Phase II program to further develop this technology by incorporating it into the cell designs of both Eagle Picher Technologies and Navitas Systems.  During the Phase II program, Imperia will scale the roll-to-roll process and deliver rolls of DA-separator coated electrodes utilizing current materials used by Eagle Picher and Navitas for soldier power applications. Cells will be constructed at all three cell manufacturing facilities and assessed as “drop in replacements” for existing products or as potential new products for solider power batteries.  Imperia will then work together with Navitas and EaglePicher to evaluate the cost and performance benefit of each product pathway.  Currently, Imperia has calculated that utilizing the DA technology can reduce the cell production cost by 20% while maintaining or improving the power and energy density of the cell.  Upon demonstration of the DA separator process technology, Imperia will target continuous production of the DA separator and develop a completed Conformal Wearable Battery (CWB) system for preliminary qualification. Following the Phase II effort, Imperia will focus on the qualification and initial low rate production of the CWB. Imperia also will pursue technology transfer of the DA Separator process technology, licensing and other joint business opportunities.

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