An Integrated Li-ion Battery Manufacturing Process for Improved Safety and Decreased Battery Cost

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: HQ0147-14-C-8306
Agency Tracking Number: L122-002-0006
Amount: $99,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA122-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-11-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-11-14
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Castro Laicer, Ph.D.
 Program Engineer
 (781) 529-0546
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro, Ph.D.
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Research Institution
Commercial separators for Li-ion battery applications consist of microporous membranes that prevent contact between electrodes and enable free ion flow in the cell. Major drawbacks of these separators include their complex manufacturing process which adds cost to the battery and insufficient protection against thermal runaway reactions at elevated temperatures. This project addresses these limitations by developing a more cost-effective manufacturing process that yields separators with substantially improved thermal stability at extreme cell temperatures. To demonstrate the use of these separator in Li-ion batteries, Giner also proposes a new type of hybrid cell that takes advantage of high-energy and high-power capabilities of batteries and capacitors in a single device by combining a symmetric capacitor and a rechargeable battery in one unit cell. Preliminary data is shown on some materials that have already been successfully fabricated and tested.

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