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DOE issues $16-million lab call to strengthen domestic manufacture of solid-state and flow batteries

A new lab call promotes collaboration between DOE National Laboratories and industry partners to accelerate the development, from innovation to scale-up and commercialization, of the manufacture of two types of advanced batteries: solid-state and flow. Solid-state batteries are widely considered to be a safer alternative to current batteries that use liquid electrolytes. Flow batteries, which use chemical components dissolved in liquids that are pumped through the system, are considered a promising technology for stationary storage applications.

The first of the lab call’s two topic areas is Developing Innovative Solid-State Battery Manufacturing Capabilities, which seeks proposals addressing barriers to domestic production and includes a cost share of 20% and $4 million in DOE funding per project. Focus areas include translating fundamental electrolyte R&D into large format / high-volume manufacturing research, development, and demonstrations (RD&D), enhancing precision fabrication of solid-state batteries in large format cells and verification and validation of scalability.

Topic 2 is Developing Innovative Flow Battery Manufacturing Capabilities, which includes a cost share of 50% and between $2 million and $4 million in DOE funding per project. This topic seeks proposals to solve technical and manufacturing challenges, including optimization across commercial, industrial and utility applications. Focus areas are manufacturing for new or enhanced cell/reactor architectures and configurations as well as developing manufacturing/process standards.

Source: US Department of Energy via Green Car Congress

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