NanoGraf Corporation, Chicago, U.S., an advanced battery material company, has announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a longer-lasting lithium-ion battery, designed to provide U.S. military personnel with better portable power for the equipment they rely on to operate safely and effectively. Nanograf’s graphene-wrapped silicon anode cells are hoped to significantly improve equipment runtime in the field, Graphene-info.com reports.
The Department of Defense will provide NanoGraf with $1.65 million to develop silicon anode-based lithium-ion technology in a format compatible with all portable batteries, with a goal of enabling a 50-100 percent increase in runtime when compared to traditional graphite anode lithium-ion cells.
The $1.65 million grant is provided by The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a U.S. government program whose mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through investment in research in critical American priorities for a strong national economy.
“We’re tremendously excited by the opportunity to partner with the Department of Defense on such a mission-critical project,” said Cary Hayner, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NanoGraf. “Portable power is crucial when it comes to keeping U.S. soldiers safe, and we know NanoGraf brings the necessary knowledge and technology to get there.”
The $1.65 million in funding from the Department of Defense requires NanoGraf to develop a battery cell that can operate across a wide temperature range from -4° F to 131° F, and which has a shelf life of greater than two years.