USABC – a collaborative organization of FCA, Ford and GM– awarded a $4 million dollar contract to SiNode Systems for the development of silicon-graphene anode materials for automotive lithium-ion battery cells.
8/3/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
USABC – a collaborative organization of FCA, Ford and GM– awarded a $4 million dollar contract to SiNode Systems for the development of silicon-graphene anode materials for automotive Li-ion battery cells.
The main purpose of the project is to develop high-energy lithium-ion batteries that would enable long-range electric cars: the company has stated on its website that their technology offers capacities between 1000 mAh/g and over 2500 mAh/g, compared to 372 mAh/g of graphite-based anodes.
Of course, there is no wonder that USABC showed its interest in this research.
Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.
In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress – more information regarding it can be found here.
Perspectives of the program
The 30-month program will enable SiNode Systems to rapidly develop high-energy anode materials for commercialization in vehicle applications.
This program will focus on demonstrating both improved stability and scalability of SiNode’s anode materials to meet or exceed the USABC targets for active materials development for electric vehicles.
If everything goes smoothly, we will have significant improvement in EV’s range as well as performance.
And yeah…price will significantly drop too.
Here’s what Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR, said on that:
“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. 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.”
Sounds quite promising, isn’t it?
The cheaper EVs are, the better it is for everyone – it’s even win-win situation for automakers since cheaper price means higher demand which in its turn generates more money.
Let’s wish SiNode Systems good luck and wait more news from the company.