The grant from the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a collaborative organization of Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors, is for the development of advanced anode materials for automotive lithium-ion battery applications.
The 30-month program will focus on the development of silicon-graphene high-energy anode material for vehicle applications and the development and scale up of pouch cells with higher battery capacity and faster charging rates than today’s graphite-based lithium ion pouches with a capacity of 372 mAh/g. The graphene approach can provide capacities between 1000 and 2500 mAh/g, while the nano-engineered porosity introduced into the graphene layers allows rapid diffusion of lithium through the structure for faster charging.
All of this can be produced with a low-cost, chemistry-based manufacturing process, says the company.
“SiNode Systems is pleased to be a recipient of this grant and is proud to contribute to USABC’s battery technology research and development programs,” said Samir Mayekar, Co-Founder and CEO of SiNode Systems in a statement. “We believe our advanced anode materials technology will be an enabler in improving the performance and reducing the cost of advanced batteries for vehicle electrification.”
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