The DOE is awarding $19 million in funding to 12 cost-shared research projects focused on “extreme fast charging,” which is defined as a system with power levels up to 400 kW and typical charging times of 15 minutes or less.
Nine of the selected projects focus on advanced anodes, electrolytes, and battery cell designs:
- UC San Diego received $653,000 to research surface-acoustic wave turbulent electrolyte mixing during charging.
- Pennsylvania State University got $1,000,000 to study advanced battery cell designs and strategies to improve life and fast charging at higher temperatures.
- The University of Michigan scored $1,500,000 to investigate three-dimensional hierarchical graphite architectures for anodes.
- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory bagged $1,500,000 to study an advanced electrolyte and optimized cell design.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory was awarded $900,000 for electrolyte research that increases the transport rate of lithium-ion from cathode to anode.
- Microvast will enjoy $1,500,000 to develop new electrolyte additives, optimized active materials, and electrode formulations.
- The State University of New York – Stony Brook University received $800,000 for research to control lithium deposition over-potential on metal-coated graphite electrodes.
- The University of Tennessee was presented with $720,000 to work on high-power, doped titanium-niobium oxide anodes.
- Coulometrics won $1,000,000 to research advanced battery cell designs with lower resistance.
Three selected projects will develop and verify electric drive systems and infrastructure:
- Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification received $4,292,000 to develop high-power wireless charging for electric drayage trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
- Delta Products got $3,500,000 to design and test a medium-voltage solid-state-based 400 kW fast charger.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquired $2,208,000 to develop an automated, modular and scalable inductive charging system.