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Battery Materials Manufacturing(25528)

NOHMs Technologies, Inc.

Background

Electric vehicle (EV) batteries need to achieve better performance (range) and reduced cost in order to win wide market acceptance. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the primary technology for this application. Better, more energy-dense materials could be used in LIBs, except that such batteries have thus far exhibited short cycle-lives (limited number of charge-discharge cycles). NOHMs proprietary nanotechnology increases the cycle-life of batteries that are made using these more energy-dense materials. NOHMs highly tunable technology builds a composite micro-porous carbon framework that hosts electro-active nanoparticles. This carbon framework is (i) flexible to tolerate many charge-discharge cycles, (ii) porous to allow full-access for lithium-ions to active material, (iii) electrically conductive, and (iv) scalable for manufacturing, providing an advantage over other particle-based, coating-based, or substrate-based solutions. NOHMs has successfully tested its materials in battery prototypes.

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Project Description

The goal of this project is to scale up the production capacity for NOHMs more energy dense battery materials so that they can be marketed to customers for testing and evaluation. Tasks include (i) defining process parameters for prototype manufacturing, (ii) electrode casting to verify quality control measures, (iii) safety testing of battery prototypes, (iv) customer evaluations, (v) installing prototype materials manufacturing line, and (vi) initiating joint-development agreement negotiations with a customer or business partner to conduct vehicle tests with battery prototypes.

Benefits

The advantages of NOHMs battery materials include: lower weight – NOHMs batteries offer up to 4x improvement in energy density; long Life – NOHMs batteries retain capacity after hundreds and potentially thousands of charge/discharge cycles; lower price –NOHMs expects its battery technology to cost less than half cost of today’s lithium batteries because of low material cost and scalable material processing; better safety – NOHMs battery technology eliminates risk of overcharge and reduces problem of overheating; and zero toxicity – NOHMs technology does not use toxic metal such as cobalt, lead, or nickel.

Project Results

Contractor

NOHMs Technologies, Inc.
1200 Ridgeway Ave Ste 110
Rochester, NY 14615

Principle Investigator

Nathan Ball

Universities Involved

SUNY Binghamton

Technologies

Project Type:

Product Development


Technologies Types:

Energy Storage
Batteries

NYSERDA Contact Information

Jennifer Harvey
JLH@nyserda.ny.gov

Program

R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 4/3/2012 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 25528




Last Updated: 1/22/2014