Thermal Isolation Technology for Large-Format Li-ion Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-M-2490
Agency Tracking Number: F141-071-0518
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2014
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF141-071
Solitcitation Number: 2014.1
Small Business Information
ADA Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, 80127-
Duns: 148034408
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Weibing Xing
 Senior Research Scientist
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 James Budimlya
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution
Large format lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with ineffective cell isolation are potentially hazardous when exposed to conditions such as crush, overcharge, discharge, high temperature and internal short circuit. The recent Boeing incidents and similar incidents in the automotive industry underscore the importance of current research into the root causes and safety hazards associated with such batteries. This research has shown that catastrophic failure in large-format Li-ion packs involves a complex chain of events that could, perhaps, be interrupted at several points along the failure chain and by several features in the battery design. In the event of cell failure, propagation of heat can occur, from a defective/damaged cell to the surrounding ones in a battery pack leading to a"domino-effect"and resulting in extensive thermal runaway. Such safety concerns can impede the combat capability of critical platforms like Joint Strike Fighter"(JSF). To address this need, ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA) in partnership with Saft America Inc. (Saft), propose to develop a multi-layer, lightweight technology to mitigate thermal propagation risks in the event of cell failure.

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