ADA Technologies, Inc. received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy to continue research into the development of high performance, safe and long-lasting lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
Rechargeable Li-ion batteries are needed for advanced transportation technologies, including electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Efforts to move these technologies forward have been hampered by the limited energy/power densities, flammability and short life cycle of current state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries. Li-ion batteries also are used in consumer and medical electronics, as well as in utility, military and defense applications.
ADA’s research focuses on the use of nanocomposite technology to overcome the current limitations.
“ADA has developed a nanocomposite technology that combines high performance nanocomposite electrodes with environmentally friendly electrolytes to create advanced Li-ion batteries,” said Wen Lu, Ph.D., ADA senior research scientist and principal investigator. “High performing, safe and long-lasting Li-ion batteries are key to the ongoing development of zero-emission advanced transportation technologies and have numerous other applications.”
ADA has received more than $1 million in grant money for advanced energy storage technology R&D, including the development of Li-ion batteries and ultracapacitors.