Advanced Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries – Phase V

NCMS Project #: 142119

Problem: Batteries using currently-available active materials for energy storage are unlikely to meet future demands for energy density.  Ongoing research is producing higher energy density active materials; however, these new materials pose additional problems in stability and performance.  Novel materials such as advanced active material binders will facilitate use of these new active materials in conventional electrode architectures and will advance toward aggressive goals for electrification of mobility.  At the same time, safety of current and new energy storage solutions is of paramount importance.  

Benefit: Energy storage is an increasingly important technology in both the commercial world and in DOD equipment and vehicles.  This project will continue research and development of an energy storage solution that moves beyond Li ion batteries to the next generation of batteries.  These more advanced energy storage solutions will last longer, offer better performance and will be cheaper than the current energy storage methods. 

Solution/Approach: During Phases I through III of this initiative, a cathode coating technology and anode coating technology was successfully demonstrated.  During Phase IV, the project team is developing technologies and systems that can integrate and are complementary to 6T batteries.  The objectives of Phase V are to develop and demonstrate scalable battery cell/module based on the materials and components demonstrated during previous phases, to more efficiently facilitate technology transition and maximize the benefits of the technology across a broader application; and to further develop an energy storage solution that moves beyond Li-ion batteries.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Extend asset lifespan 
  • Increase battery energy density and performance  
  • Shrink the U.S.’ dependence on petroleum 
  • Lower harmful air emissions 
  • Decrease risks and accidents 
  • Increase warfighter safety and mission success  

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • North Dakota State University
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety