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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. The call sought proposals from National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that address engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

“Manufacturing competitiveness is a priority for the Trump Administration,” said Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). “DOE’s investments under this opportunity will help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership in battery manufacturing.”

DOE selected the following projects:

 

Lead Organization

Industry Partner (Location)

Title

Argonne National Laboratory

Albemarle/Ameridia (North Carolina)

Advanced Brine Processing to Enable U.S. Lithium Independence

Argonne National Laboratory

Hunt Energy Enterprises (Texas)

Hydrothermal Production of Single Crystal Ni-rich Cathodes with Extreme Rate Capability

Argonne National Laboratory

Koura Global (Massachusetts)

Continuous Flow Reactor Synthesis of Advanced Electrolyte Components for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Argonne National Laboratory

PolyPlus (California)

Continuous high yield production of defect-free, ultrathin sulfide glass electrolytes for next generation solid state lithium metal batteries

Argonne National Laboratory

SafeLi LLC (Wisconsin)

Scale-up Production of Graphene Monoxide for Next-Generation LIB Anodes

Argonne National Laboratory

Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics (Pennsylvania)

Scaling halide-type solid electrolytes for solid state batteries

Brookhaven National Laboratory

C4V & Primet (New York)

Commercially Viable Process for Surface Conditioning of High-Nickel Low-Cobalt Cathodes

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Saint-Gobain Research North America  (Pennsylvania)

Scale-Up of Novel Li-Conducting Halide Solid State Battery Electrolyte

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Clarios, Amplitude, Feasible (New York)

High-Throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PPG (Pennsylvania)

High-Energy and High-Power NMP-Free Designer Electrodes with Ultra-Thick Architectures Processed by Multilayer Slot-Die Coating and Electrophoretic Deposition

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Soteria (South Carolina)

Multilayer Electrode with Metalized Polymer Current Collector for High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries with Extreme-Fast-Charging Capability

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Albemarle (North Carolina)

Scaling up of High-Performance Single Crystalline Ni-rich Cathode Materials with Advanced Lithium Salts

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ampcera Inc. (California)

Scaling-Up and Roll-to-Roll Processing of Highly Conductive Sulfide Solid-State Electrolytes

 

The program will be jointly-funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office with matching funds from the private sector and investor community. Funds will be awarded directly to the National Laboratories to support work with companies under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). A 50/50 cost-share will be required between DOE and the private partner, which can include an in-kind contribution.

This funding opportunity is part of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a DOE-wide effort to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials. Visit the Energy Storage Grand Challenge website to learn more.