Soteria BIG licenses ORNL Li-ion battery safety technology

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Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG) has exclusively licensed and optioned a technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to eliminate thermal runaway in lithium ion batteries due to mechanical damage.

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BASF markets new Licity anode binders for Li-ion batteries

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BASF has developed a new anode binder series for Li-ion battery manufacturing. BASF’s Licity product range for lithium-ion battery binders are suitable for pure graphite as well as silicon-containing anodes. Licity lithium-ion battery binders help to prevent electrode swelling, thus enabling higher battery capacities. The new. Licity binders combine improved battery performance with sustainability features.

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ORNL researchers develop new class of cobalt-free cathodes with enhanced energy density for next-gen Li-ion batteries: NFA

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new family of cobalt-free cathodes with the potential to replace the cobalt-based cathodes typically found in today’s lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Free Li?Ion Ion Batteries.”

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Roskill: Europe will still need to import more than 50% of Li-ion cathode materials from Asia by 2025

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However, despite Europe’s fast-expanding capacity of Li-ion battery production, its cathode materials production capacity is struggling to keep up. The EU says it could be self-sufficient in EV batteries by 2025.

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PNNL: single-crystal nickel-rich cathode holds promise for next-generation Li-ion batteries

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High-energy nickel (Ni)–rich cathode will play a key role in advanced lithium (Li)–ion batteries, but it suffers from moisture sensitivity, side reactions, and gas generation.

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New smelting reduction process to recover Co, Ni, Mn, and Li simultaneously from Li-ion batteries

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A team from metals research institute SWERIM in Sweden reports on a smelting reduction process to recover cobalt, nickel, manganese and lithium simultaneously from spent Li-ion batteries. Meanwhile, component Li 2 O in LiCoO 2 could be reduced to lithium metal vapor or converted into volatile lithium halides (LiF and LiCl) and subsequently be recovered in the flue dust. The presence of slag may retain some Co, Ni, Mn, and Li in the slag due to the inherent nature of the slag.

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UH, Toyota researchers develop new cathode and electrolyte for high-power Mg battery rivaling Li-ion

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Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) report in Nature Energy that they have developed a new cathode and electrolyte—previously the limiting factors for a high-energy magnesium battery—to demonstrate a magnesium battery capable of operating at room temperature and delivering a power density comparable to that offered by lithium-ion batteries.

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E-magy looking to scale nano-porous silicon production for next-generation Li-ion batteries

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E-magy , a Dutch cleantech scale-up, has developed a technology platform for nanoporous silicon that can significantly boost the performance of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Researchers move closer to faster-charging Li-ion batteries; real-time tracking of Li ions in LTO

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A team of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has captured in real time how lithium ions move in lithium titanate (LTO), a fast-charging battery electrode material made of lithium, titanium, and oxygen. Graphite is commonly employed as the anode in state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, but for fast-charging applications, LTO is an appealing alternative.

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Si-dominant Li-ion company Enevate targeting power tool market

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Enevate, a pioneer in advanced silicon-dominant lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology capable of high energy density and fast charging for electric vehicles (EV), is applying its battery solutions to advanced power cells for the power tool market and other high power applications.

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on Li-ion battery recycling

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a Li-ion battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. In March 2019, Fortum announced that it had boosted the Li-ion battery recycling rate to more than 80%. This setup is ideal for sustainable processing of two of the main metals used in Li-ion batteries.

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BNEF: China dominates the Li-ion battery supply chain, but Europe is on the rise

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China dominates BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) lithium-ion battery supply chain ranking in 2020, having quickly surpassed Japan and Korea that were leaders for the majority of the previous decade.

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Li-Cycle sets up its first US-based Li-ion battery recycling center in NY state

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Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Canada-based Li-Cycle Corporation will establish its first US-based Li-ion battery recycling facility in New York State. Li-Cycle Technology uses a combination of mechanical size reduction and hydrometallurgical resource recovery specifically designed for lithium-ion battery recycling. Li-Cycle expects to be fully operational at the facility later this year.

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Northvolt delivers largest Li-ion order to date to Epiroc

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European battery manufacturer Northvolt has delivered its largest order of lithium-ion battery systems to date to mining and infrastructure industries supplier Epiroc. Northvolt has partnered with Epiroc for more than two years and has developed a platform of Li-ion battery systems tailored for Epiroc machines. Epiroc Boltec M Battery rock bolting rig, right side view. Source: Epiroc.

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BMW Group to build new pilot plant to produce Li-ion cells

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With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery cells, the company is taking the next step in addressing all aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials, to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.

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KIT coordinating EPIC project; accelerated drying of electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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The new EPIC project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is aimed at accelerating the drying of high-quality electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, increasing the energy efficiency of this process and, hence, reducing the cost of production.

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UVA researchers devise method for converting retired Li-ion anodes to graphene and GO

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) have devised a process for converting retired Li-ion battery anodes to graphene and graphene oxide (GO). accompanying the booming expansion of the Li-ion battery market, a tremendous amount of batteries retire every year and most of them are disposed of in landfills, which not only causes severe waste of precious sources but also induces hazardous soil contamination due to the plastic components and toxic electrolytes.

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Renesas Electronics introduces 4th-generation Li-ion battery management IC

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its fourth-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery management IC that offers unmatched lifetime accuracy. The ISL78714 provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, along with cell balancing and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs while maximizing driving time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEV/MHEV/PHEV/BEV).

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Henkel and Covestro partner on assembly of Li-ion cells in carriers

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In their most recent collaboration, Henkel and Covestro have developed a solution enabling the efficient fixation of cylindrical li-ion battery cells inside a plastic cell holder. With a strong consumer push to reduce electric vehicle prices, large-scale and cost-efficient li-ion battery cell assembly is a prerequisite for every automotive OEM.

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LeydenJar’s silcon anode boosts Li-ion battery energy by 70%; 1350 Wh/L with more than 100 cycles

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LeydenJar Technologies, a Dutch spin-out of the applied research institute TNO, has developed a new,100% silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries. This breakthrough offers two key benefits: batteries with a 70% higher energy density (1350 Wh/L) and 62% less CO 2 emissions.

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New Flyer and Li-Cycle complete heavy-duty lithium-ion battery recycling pilot; 3,200 lbs of Li-ion batteries

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one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, announced the successful completion of a battery recycling pilot with North America’s largest lithium-ion battery recycler, Li- Cycle Corporation. Li-Cycle offers a proprietary, closed-loop lithium-ion battery resource recovery service producing minimal solid waste, and zero liquid and air emissions that can sustainably produce battery grade lithium, cobalt, and nickel products.

PNNL team develops carbon nanotube-silicon microspheres as high-performance Li-ion anodes

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Silicon is an appealing anode material for Li-ion batteries because it can hold about 10 times the electrical charge per gram compared to graphite. To tackle these issues, a team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers Ji-Guang (Jason) Zhang and Xiaolin Li has developed a nanostructure that limits silicon’s expansion while fortifying it with carbon. —Xiaolin Li. Li, X.,

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Prieto Battery says third-party testing marks milestone for commercialization of safer 3D Li-ion anode

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Prieto Battery , a 3D Li-ion battery technology company ( earlier post ), announced the results of its first third-party validation testing from Energy Assurance, LLC. Specifically, Prieto had a group of fully assembled batteries containing their proprietary 3D anode tested against an array of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards for Li-ion chemistry.

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New approach to recover anode materials from spent Li-ion batteries

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A team from Shandong University of Technology in China has proposed a new process to recycle anode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries and to reuse the graphite. The copper foil can be directly reused without further treatment, the Cu 2+ and Li + in the electrolyte can be recovered by precipitation.

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Li-Cycle selects Rochester, NY as site for Li-ion battery recycling hub

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Li-Cycle Corp. a lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, will invest more than US$175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery recycling Hub at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York. The Hub is a wet chemistry/hydrometallurgical facility that will refine battery-grade materials from black mass generated from pre-processing spent lithium-ion batteries.

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Silatronix awarded $10.1M Navy ONR contract for organosilicon electrolytes for high-nickel NMC Li-ion batteries

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The work will focus on the use of Organosilicon (OS) electrolytes to improve the cycling stability of Li-ion cells using NMC622 and NMC811 cathode materials in combination with various state-of-the-art anode materials. This ONR project leverages Silatronix’ substantial expertise in the development of new OS-based solvents for Li-ion battery applications ( earlier post ), and the company’s Li-ion battery materials evaluation laboratory and analysis capability.

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Great Wall Motor battery offshoot SVOLT premieres Li-ion battery lineup, targeting EVs

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Ltd, introduced its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA). New battery company SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, whose precursor was the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co. SVOLT product roadmap.

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European team discovers new top-performing solid-state fast ionic conductor for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at UCLouvain (Belgium), in collaboration with scientists from Marburg University, the Technical University of Münich, the Technical University of Graz, and Toyota have discovered a new solid-state fast ionic conductor—LiTi 2 (PS 4 ) 3 or LTPS—that exhibits a Li-ion diffusion coefficient (a direct measure of lithium mobility) about an order of magnitude higher than that of current state-of-the-art Li superionic conductors (Li 10 GeP 2 S 12 ).

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Volkswagen setting up pilot plant for Li-ion battery recycling at Salzgitter

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Volkswagen is setting up a pilot plant for Li-ion battery recycling at Salzgitter factory, south-west of Braunschweig, Germany. Earlier post.) Batteries can be recycled here as early as 2020—initially 1,200 tons per year. This corresponds to 3,000 vehicle batteries. A further increase in capacity is envisaged for subsequent years. However, large quantities of battery returns are not expected until the end of the 2020s in any case.

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EMBATT-goes-FAB project developing bipolar Li-ion batteries and production processes

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Project partners thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are developing bipolar Li-ion batteries and processes for their fabrication in the EMBATT -goes-FAB project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. These bipolar Li-ion batteries, like fuel cells, consist of stacked electrodes connected in series.

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Momentum Technologies licenses ORNL MSX process to recover metals from spent Li-ion batteries

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a Texas-based materials science company that is focused on extracting critical metals from electronic waste, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) process for recovering cobalt and other metals from spent lithium-ion batteries. Less than 5% of spent lithium-ion batteries in the United States are recycled. Several critical elements are used in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, such as cobalt, nickel, lithium and manganese.

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LG Chem charges Li-ion trade secrets theft, files Federal suit against SK Innovation

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for misappropriation of Li-ion battery trade secrets, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and other. the lithium-ion battery division of LG Chem, which developed the world’s. first commercial pouch-type Li-ion battery for automobiles. of Li-ion batteries, including the newest and most advanced generation. SK Innovation in the development and manufacturing of pouch-type Li-ion.

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New halogen conversion-intercalation chemistry enables high-energy density aqueous Li-ion battery

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volts versus Li/Li +. Combining this cathode with a passivated graphite anode, the team created a 4V-class aqueous Li-ion full cell with an energy density of 460 Wh kg -1 of total composite electrode and about 100% Coulombic efficiency. The use of ‘water-in-salt’ electrolytes has considerably expanded the electrochemical window of aqueous lithium-ion batteries to 3 to 4 volts, making it possible to couple high-voltage cathodes with low-potential graphite anodes.

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Researchers develop real-time picture of formation of solid–electrolyte interphase of a Li-ion battery

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During the first charging process of a new Li-ion battery cell, trace amounts of electrolyte components decompose sacrificially to form what is called a solid–electrolyte interphase (SEI) on the anode surface. The SEI functions both as a Li + conductor and an electronic insulator, and prevents sustained electrolyte decomposition during subsequent cycles. The inner SEI is continuous, dense and impermeable to electrolytes, and it is most probably composed of Li 2 O.

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Epsilor Li-ion 6T battery under evaluation and field testing in five NATO countries

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Epsilor’s lithium-ion 6T NATO-standard battery is currently being evaluated and field tested by industrial clients and armed forces in five NATO countries. Epsilor showcased the Li-ion 6T product line at International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2019, which will took place in London last week. Li-Ion, 4,300 Wh (176Ah) battery: this product offers the highest energy density in the market.

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Honda partners with CATL on Li-ion EV batteries; 56 GWh by 2027

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Under the agreement, CATL will become Honda’s partner in the field of lithium-ion EV batteries. CATL will guarantee the supply to Honda of about 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., CATL ) signed a cooperation agreement with Honda Motor in Tokyo to cooperate formally to develop electric vehicles for the future market. CATL currently uses NCM as a core material in its automotive cells; energy density is as high as 240 Wh/kg.

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LG Chem invests in Enevate; silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology

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Introduced in November 2017, Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs enables Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells with up to 50% higher capacity than conventional graphite cells. Enevate Corporation, developer of a silicon-dominant composite anode material and high energy density batteries ( earlier post ), announced that LG Chem has participated in Enevate’s recent funding.

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Argonne team develops new approach to cobalt-free Li-ion cathodes

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new approach to cobalt-free Li-ion cathodes that avoids some of the problems with other low-cobalt cathode approaches. In his keynote speech at IBA 2019 in San Diego earlier this year, Arumugam Manthiram from the University of Texas noted that: The lithium-ion battery industry is now based on layered LiMO 2 cathodes with fractions of M = Mn, Co, and Ni as each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. …

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Testing shows Talga graphene silicon boosts capacity of Li-ion battery anode; Safevolt project

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Australian advanced materials technology company Talga Resources Ltd announced positive initial test results from the development of its graphene silicon lithium-ion anode in the UK. Major Li-ion battery manufacturers are requiring higher energy density via increasing amounts of silicon in graphite anodes, however silicon use is hindered by a range of battery life and stability problems.

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Roskill: Niobium industry looking for a future beyond steel; Li-ion batteries a possibility

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The winner of the best paper in 2019 was an effort by researchers then at the University of Cambridge, Argonne National Laboratory and the Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, on the use of niobium tungsten oxides for high-rate lithium-ion battery storage. The maximum power output and minimum charging time of a lithium-ion battery depend on both ionic and electronic transport. 2018) “Niobium tungsten oxides for high-rate lithium-ion energy storage.”

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USABC awards $1.08M Li-ion battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract. Building on Phase I, this contract will enable WPI to demonstrate the ability of its process to recycle spent Li-ion batteries and produce new cathode materials to generate a higher nickel cathode powder.

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U Tokyo TFEP electrolyte solvent enables safer high-voltage, high energy-density Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo have designed and synthesized a fluorinated cyclic phosphate solvent, 2-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane 2-oxide (TFEP), for use in lithium-ion batteries. They conclude that the work opens up new frontiers in electrolyte developments towards safe lithium-ion batteries with higher energy densities.

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Miltec UV receives DLA contract to demo UV production technology for solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Miltec UV International has been awarded a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, to demonstrate the cell technology to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries using Miltec’s UV cured Gel Polymer Electrolyte. This project is aimed at developing an outline for a solid-state battery electrodes fabrication process and demonstrate at cell level performance for two types of DLA batteries: the BB-2590 rechargeable lithium-ion battery and the Conformal Wearable Battery (CWB).

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