TECHNOLOGY:  

MiralonĀ® Conductive Additive for Lithium Ion Batteries

AFFILIATION:   Nanocomp Technologies, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Energy & Power Materials
Tech Readiness: TRL 3

Tech Brief: MiralonĀ® carbon nanotube pulp forms a long-range network in the cathodes and anodes of lithium ion batteries that interconnect the active material particles electrically and mechanically in ways that powder-based nanotubes cannot. These enhanced properties enable technologies like very thick cathodes and nanosilicon anodes to enhance capacity and flexibility.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Battery technology is critical to DoD activities as diverse as transportation, billeting, patrol missions, and pilot monitoring. During a typical 8-hour patrol mission, a soldier will consume a pair of double A batteries, discarding them at the end of shift. Rechargeable batteries do not currently have the capacity and cycle-life necessary to reliably replace standard batteries. Solar energy installations and electric vehicles could greatly reduce dependence on vulnerable fuel transportation lines. Dependence on fossil fuels does not just threaten the planet, it threatens the lives of the marines guarding the trucks as they rumble through hostile territory. Diesel fuel could be replaced by Solar Energy installations, however, they require large, inexpensive, and light-weight electricity storage beyond the reach of current technology. Wearable personal electronics that can benefit the foot-soldier as well as the fighter pilot require batteries that can flex like clothing. All of these applications require innovation in the capacity and flexibility of lithium ion batteries. MiralonĀ® conductive additive can enable cathode and anode technologies that can address these issues. The results would include lighter weight for the foot-soldier, better monitoring of fighter pilots, and fewer lives lost guarding convoys.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Commercial Startup (C+)
Website: http://www.nanocomptech.com/
Booth Number: T313