Doubling the energy density of lithium-ion batteries for transportation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
ARPA-E
Amount:
$1,500,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-AR0000265
Agency Tracking Number:
0674-1542
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Sila Nanotechnologies Inc
541 10th St NW #195 , Atlanta , GA, 30318-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
78319503
Principal Investigator:
Gene Berdichevsky
(404) 919-7452
gene@silanano.com
Business Contact:
Gene Berdichevsky
(404) 919-7452
gene@silanano.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To accelerate the adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Sila Nanotechnologies and its project team aim to transform portable energy storage by demonstrating 1200 Wh/L performance in full cells, with electrode materials materials cost of just $40/kWh. By more than doubling the amount of energy stored in any given form factor cell, without changing the manufacturing process, we will reduce the cost to produce a kWh of storage in half. In order to achieve these goals, Sila will abandon conventional intercalation materials such as LiCoO2 and C, in favor of an alloying-type materials pair using lithium disulfide (Li2S)-based composite cathode, and silicon (Si)-based composite anode. Both of the proposed materials will be synthesized into proprietary structures developed at Sila and Georgia Tech and tested in fully functioning, 1Ah+ cells.

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