Implantation, Activation, Characterization and Prevention/Mitigation of Internal Short Circuits in Lithium-Ion Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85528
Agency Tracking Number: 90429
Amount: $99,784.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 15 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Suresh Sriramulu
 Dr.
 (617) 498-6242
 Sriramulu.Suresh@TIAXLLC.com
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Email: wong.renee@tiaxllc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Plug-In HEVs (PHEVs) based on lithium-ion batteries to become commercially viable, occurrences of rare but violent spontaneous field failures of the lithium-ion cells must be eliminated. This project will develop technology to reliably and reproducibly detect and mitigate the internal short circuits that are believed to be responsible for field failure incidents in lithium-ion cells. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: By speeding the introduction of HEVs and PHEVs, the technology would have substantial positive impact on national energy efficiency and energy independence. In addition to the HEV and PHEV applications, safer lithium-ion batteries should be of benefit to existing portable power applications (e.g. laptops, cell phones, power tools).

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