Thermally Stable High Energy Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries for Naval Aviation Application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: N081-017-1424
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-017
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
DUNS: 175863463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lucian Vatamanu
 Senior Researcher
 (216) 404-0053
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Research Institution
Powdermet is a leader in innovative nano-powders processing and coating technologies. SAFT America Inc. and Powdermet are working to develop and produce a new generation of thermally stable Li-ion battery for Navy aircraft, capable to deliver 300Wh/Kg specific energy, at 6,000 cycles, 100% DOD in a range of -40 C to 90 C temperature operation. The advantage offered by using Powdermet and SAFT technology includes, high energy density, stability of the electrode/electrolyte system at low and elevated temperature and a low operating cost. The proposed work will investigate and develop a new non-toxic nano-engineered Li-ion battery created by a nano-composite anode in a compliant carbon matrix to reduce initial cycle loss, and synthesize metal/carbon-Li anode and to improve battery performances. A stable and uniform composite nano-structure at low/high temperature application will be achieved by developing a ternary transition metal phosphates cathode material exhibiting high power density, and a novel ionic liquid electrolyte as alternative for standard LiPF6 to satisfy aircraft battery mission operational temperature requirement. Powdermet will concentrate on the production of materials, emphasis be placed upon the high production fluidizing bed and spray drying and low cost attrition milling. SAFT America Inc. will test the advanced cathode and anode materials provided by Powdermet. During the program, the processed nano-composite materials will be tested to optimize the Li-ion battery performances.

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