The U.S. Division of Vitality (DOE) has awarded $1.5 million to Ampcera and Lawrence Livermore Nationwide Laboratory (LLNL) to develop a safer lithium battery with greater energy and vitality densities utilizing a low-cost, high-throughput dry additive manufacturing course of.
The joint undertaking between LLNL and Ampcera is one among six Vitality Programs tasks chosen for an award from DOE’s Superior Manufacturing Workplace to cut back industrial emissions and manufacture clear vitality applied sciences.
The proposed dry additive manufacturing expertise is very energy-efficient – with >10 occasions the throughput of typical slurry-based processing – decreasing lithium battery manufacturing prices by 50% or extra.
“The environmentally benign course of permits for thick, high-capacity 3D cathode constructions to be processed, enabling lithium-ion batteries to succeed in the fast-charging aim of 80% cost in quarter-hour or much less,” mentioned employees scientist and principal investigator Jianchao Ye of LLNL.
As an innovator in creating and manufacturing superior supplies for solid-state batteries, Ampcera has a vested curiosity on this undertaking. Along with creating structured cathodes for lithium-ion batteries, Ampcera additionally plans to additional develop this expertise for manufacturing solid-state batteries.
“The partnership between LLNL and Ampcera will speed up the event and commercialization of the ultra-fast and low-cost additive manufacturing expertise for high-performance lithium battery manufacturing. After creating 3D-structured cathodes, we count on to increase the expertise to anode design and likewise additional discover its software in all-solid-state Li steel batteries with even greater vitality and energy densities,” mentioned co-investigator Hui Du, Chief Know-how Officer and Co-Founding father of Ampcera.
“Ampcera is supporting this undertaking as we imagine it has the potential to revolutionize the scaled manufacturing of solid-state batteries with intrinsic security, excessive vitality density >450 Wh/kg, and a low value of <$75 per kWh,” mentioned Sumin Zhu, Chief Government Officer, and Co-Founding father of Ampcera.