Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) September 04, 2014
EnerG2 (http://www.energ2.com), a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced nano-structured materials for next-generation energy storage breakthroughs, today announced a new collaboration with the Battery Innovation Center (BIC).
EnerG2 and BIC will collaborate in fabricating prototype portable devices that are based on high-voltage lithium metal oxide cathodes with capacities greater than 200mAh/g, combined with silicon carbon (Si-C) composite anodes, to achieve cell capacities greater than 350Wh/kg. These cell capacities will be 20 percent greater than the present state-of-the-art, and current LIBs will be maintained as a safety benchmark.
The battery prototypes will demonstrate:
- High-capacity and high-stability Si-C anode materials
- High voltage and high capacity cathode materials, such as BM-LCO and BM-MR NMC
- Improved safety (especially cathodes)
- Improved cycle life ideal for portable electronic applications
“The Battery Innovation Center has a state-of-the art battery assembly line as well as the expertise to build cells and modules and analyze electrochemical data. It also has skill sets from operator level to Ph.D. scientists,” explains Dr. Aaron Feaver, Co-Founder and CTO at EnerG2. “We look forward to the collaboration with BIC and the use of EnerG2 materials in this effort. The working relationship we have with BIC is a close one, and, in many respects, their team will operate like an extension of the EnerG2 R&D team.”
Adds Charles S. LaSota, President of the Battery Innovation Center: “Joining forces with a serious, accomplished and breakthrough company like EnerG2 is almost certainly going to help us attain our goal, which is to achieve cell capacities that eclipse today’s state-of-the-art. I’m very optimistic about the technical progress that this partnership will yield.”
“By partnering with EnerG2,” continues LaSota, “we know that the [Battery Innovation Center] will gain insight to innovative new battery design at the material and cell level. Discoveries made with EnerG2 may fall in an area of ‘game changing’ importance and lead to further improvements to the safety, life, cost, and performance through enhanced cell design.”
The Battery Innovation Center is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations.
EnerG2 has developed a unique approach that engineers the molecular structure of a polymer precursor in order to customize the nanostructure, and, therefore, the performance of the resulting carbon. EnerG2’s proprietary Carbon Technology Platform has two key components: polymer- chemistry-based precursor formulation and processing parameters that transform that precursor into customized carbon. The combination of these elements results in a flexible, low-cost manufacturing process that can produce carbon materials for diverse energy storage applications.
EnerG2 operates its state-of-the art manufacturing plant in Albany, Oregon. The inherent scale advantages of the Carbon Technology Platform allow EnerG2 to produce best-in-class carbons. The facility is both ISO-9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) certified.