Over the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries have taken center stage in transforming the consumer goods industry, in virtually every segment from toothbrushes to electric vehicles. But the more products electrified with the help of lithium batteries enter our life, the more requirements for energy capacity and durability are imposed on these batteries. This is due, among other things, to environmental standards, to financial efficiency, and of course to the fact that the demand for batteries is growing, but the explored reserves of lithium are limited.
This means that it is necessary to create and develop technologies that would improve the consumer properties of batteries, and at the same time reduce the share of potentially scarce raw materials in their composition. To realize these conditions, companies create new technologies, and today it has become very popular to use graphene in these solutions. Most recently, we told you about the revolutionary graphene aluminum-lithium # battery from the Australian company GMG. Today’s news came from Chicago.
The electromobility revolution pioneered by Tesla and Elon Musk has pushed older automakers and even the military to invest in promising developments that could radically improve the performance of the familiar lithium battery. As rational and far-sighted participants in this process, investors do not put all their eggs in one basket, and involve not only well-known companies with vast experience in these developments, but also start-ups, which sometimes produce technologies that others did not dare to try out. These young companies include
The Chicago-based company has received substantial funding from stakeholders for its research in three years. Last year, the US Department of Defense provided NanoGraf with a $ 1.65 million grant to develop long-life lithium-ion batteries to power US military equipment. We have already told you that the US military is conducting serious work on the electrification of its military vehicles, from light SUVs to electric aviation. In 2019, the US # Automotive Research Council, which includes #ford, #general motors and FCA (now Stellantis), provided the company with $ 7.5 million for research and development of batteries for electric vehicles.
Ask why there is such trust in the next battery company? It’s all about the personality of the head of the company, and its founders. Its Chief Executive Officer of NanoGraf Technologies is Dr. Francis Wang. He received his doctorate in 1998 from the chemistry department of the State University of New York. He then held various positions at some of the largest battery, consumer goods and energy companies, including Duracell, Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, Boston Scientific and the Shenhua Group. During this time, he has registered dozens of patents. NanoGraf itself is a subsidiary of Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory.
Undoubtedly, today the «trendsetter» in the battery field is #tesla with its partners in the development and production of batteries. The battery packs of its first luxury electric vehicles #model s and #model x Tesla were equipped with 18650 cells.
nanograf has developed a silicon anode technology that will allow lithium-ion batteries, the traditional 18650 form factor used in electric vehicles, to last significantly longer and charge faster than previous generation lithium-ion batteries. The core of this innovation is the patented silicon-graphene anode technology.
According to the NanoGraf developers, they were able to create a lithium-ion cell # 18650 with the highest energy density in the world, and its
The silicon anode cell has
NanoGraf President Dr. Kurt Breitenkamp
The new technology of NanoGraf cells may well give an impetus to the development of electric transport in all its segments in a short time after the start of its serial application. New technologies in the field of lithium batteries, as well as the transition to decarbonized energy (and batteries are an important part of this process) will allow the United States to create up to 600,000 jobs for American citizens by 2030. While former President Trump has only loudly proclaimed America’s greatness, in reality, innovative companies like NanoGraf create its greatness, finding new solutions for existing and familiar things.
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