Graphene Nanocomposite Cathode for Advanced Space Battery

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CE74P
Agency Tracking Number:
114830
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
VA, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016-4692
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Zhiguo Zhou
Principal Investigator
(434) 483-4234
zhouz@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Maggie Hudson
Business Official
(434) 483-4254
submissions307@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
High efficiency power systems are needed for NASA's future human exploration of space and such power systems must have advanced safety feature and provide high specific energy and high volumetric energy density. Luna Innovations propose to develop novel rechargeable battery with advanced non-toxic and safe anode and cathode materials. Aggressive weight and volume performance improvements over state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries will be achieved for use in NASA's size-sensitive space vehicles. The proposed graphene nanocomposite-based cathode can be used in coupling with advanced silicon anodes that are much safer compared to lithium metal anodes used in conventional Li-ion batteries. The new battery technology incorporates novel graphene/nanosheet composite in the cathode design to provide higher efficiency for active material utilization and improved reversibility in the electrochemical reactions thus to provide higher energy density and greater cycling stability. We anticipate that the new rechargeable battery will meet all of the metric goals including safety, stability, cycle life and power that specified by NASA for its human-rated space applications.

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