U.S. Department of Energy selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. The call sought proposals from National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that address engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

“Manufacturing competitiveness is a priority for the Trump Administration,” said Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). “DOE’s investments under this opportunity will help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership in battery manufacturing.”

DOE selected the following projects:


Argonne National Laboratory Albemarle/Ameridia (North Carolina) Advanced Brine Processing to Enable U.S. Lithium Independence
Argonne National Laboratory Hunt Energy Enterprises (Texas) Hydrothermal Production of Single Crystal Ni-rich Cathodes with Extreme Rate Capability
Argonne National Laboratory Koura Global (Massachusetts) Continuous Flow Reactor Synthesis of Advanced Electrolyte Components for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Argonne National Laboratory PolyPlus (California) Continuous high yield production of defect-free, ultrathin sulfide glass electrolytes for next generation solid state lithium metal batteries
Argonne National Laboratory SafeLi LLC (Wisconsin) Scale-up Production of Graphene Monoxide for Next-Generation LIB Anodes
Argonne National Laboratory Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics (Pennsylvania) Scaling halide-type solid electrolytes for solid state batteries
Brookhaven National Laboratory C4V & Primet (New York) Commercially Viable Process for Surface Conditioning of High-Nickel Low-Cobalt Cathodes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Saint-Gobain Research North America  (Pennsylvania) Scale-Up of Novel Li-Conducting Halide Solid State Battery Electrolyte
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Clarios, Amplitude, Feasible (New York) High-Throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory PPG (Pennsylvania) High-Energy and High-Power NMP-Free Designer Electrodes with Ultra-Thick Architectures Processed by Multilayer Slot-Die Coating and Electrophoretic Deposition
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Soteria (South Carolina) Multilayer Electrode with Metalized Polymer Current Collector for High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries with Extreme-Fast-Charging Capability
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Albemarle (North Carolina) Scaling up of High-Performance Single Crystalline Ni-rich Cathode Materials with Advanced Lithium Salts
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Ampcera Inc. (California) Scaling-Up and Roll-to-Roll Processing of Highly Conductive Sulfide Solid-State Electrolytes


The program will be jointly-funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office with matching funds from the private sector and investor community. Funds will be awarded directly to the National Laboratories to support work with companies under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). A 50/50 cost-share will be required between DOE and the private partner, which can include an in-kind contribution.

This funding opportunity is part of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a DOE-wide effort to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials.

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