06a High Energy Anode Material Development for Li-Ion Batteries

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90495
Agency Tracking Number:
88114
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
06a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
Sinode Llc
600 Davis Street, 3rd Floor West, Evanston, IL, 60201-4488
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078458836
Principal Investigator:
Cary Hayner
Mr.
(612) 220-3846
caryhayner2013@u.northwestern.edu
Business Contact:
Yue Yang
Mr.
(847) 418-1115
yueyu2007@u.northwestern.edu
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Market penetration of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is limited by low energy density (range), low power (acceleration and charging), high cost, safety, and cycling/calendar life of the best commercially available rechargeable Li-ion batteries available today. New electrode materials are crucially needed to develop batteries capable of meeting/exceeding future DOE targets. The SiNode anode material, which is based on a novel Si- graphene composite, has high potential to overcome existing limitations on energy and power density while minimizing costs compared to alternative solutions. Solution-processed SiNode anodes use highly developed, relatively cheap components and are compatible with current manufacturing processes while providing superior performance-to-cost metrics compared with plasma deposition and other technologies. The Phase I objective is to validate SiNode materials in full-cell tests and optimize the composition and processing of these materials, with the goal of producing a battery with greater than 200 Wh/kg (double the energy density of current batteries) energy density after 1000 cycles. Phase II will focus on prototype development, scale-up materials synthesis, and mprehensive testing of batteries under real-world conditions. Successful development of these materials would double the energy density of a Li-ion battery, and significantly improve performance and market penetration of electric-propulsion vehicles, and expand their applications in military and portable electronic devices.

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