Advanced sodium batteries with enhanced safety and low cost processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0000263
Agency Tracking Number: 0674-1634
Amount: $1,499,917.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DE-FOA-0000674
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-30
Small Business Information
5395 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104
DUNS: 858801483
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Joonho Koh
 Dr.
 (801) 530-4987
 jkoh@msrihome.com
Business Contact
 Joonho Koh
Phone: (801) 530-4987
Email: jkoh@msrihome.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The sodium battery using beta-alumina solid electrolyte is one of the most promising grid-scale electrical energy storage technologies that can balance the short-duration variability in renewable generation. Despite many advantages, the sodium batteries have several barriers for successful commercialization, mainly related to safety issues and high capital investment for installation. The safety issues are primarily related to mechanical crack or fracture of the ceramic electrolyte. Significant part of the high capital cost attributes to complicated processing of the ceramic electrolyte. Materials & Systems Research, Inc. proposes a novel cell design for advanced sodium batteries to overcome all these issues. The proposed cell design ensures greatly enhanced safety by using highstrength materials for structural integrity. Significant cost reduction is also expected by using a simple, low-cost processing method.

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