August 2, 2012
DOE funds 19 next-gen battery projects with $43M
The U.S. government continues to give small grants to early stage next-generation battery technology in an effort to boost innovation in the U.S., and provide energy storage for electric cars and the power grid.
The funds go to projects that are very early stage, and are supposed to help bring disruptive R&D closer to commercialization. While Japanese and Korean conglomerates dominate the industry of producing small format lithium ion batteries for laptops and cell phones, these next-gen batteries are mostly targeted for electric cars and the power grid. Some of these projects also aren’t strictly traditional batteries, and a couple are flow batteries, which are large tanks of chemicals that flow into a containerized system and provide energy storage for the power grid (see Primus Power’s flow battery pictured).
Notable winners of the funds include big companies like Ford, GE, and Eaton, small startups likeKhosla Ventures-backed Pellion, and projects out of the labs of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Here’s some of the winners (for the full list of 19 go here):
- Ford: $3.13 million for a very precise battery testing device that can improve forecasting of battery-life.
- GE Global Research: $3.13 million for sensors thin-film sensors that can detect and monitor temperature and surface pressure for each cell within a battery pack.
- Eaton: $2.50 million for a system that optimizes the power and operation of hybrid electric vehicles.
- Pellion Technologies: $2.50 million for the startup’s long range battery for electric vehicles.
- Sila Nanotechnologies: $1.73 million for the startup’s lithium ion electric car battery that it says has double the capacity of current lithium ion batteries.
- Xilectric: $1.73 million to “reinvent Thomas Edison’s battery chemistries for today’s electric vehicles.”
- Energy Storage Systems: $1.73 million for a flow battery for the grid, with an electrolyte made of low cost iron, and using a next-gen cell design.
- Battelle Memorial Institute: $600K for a sensor to monitor the internal environment of a lithium-ion battery in real-time.
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- DOE funds 19 next-gen battery projects with $43M