The DOE is issuing a funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001629) for the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) of up to $19.7 million to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies.
The funding opportunity seeks projects in four areas, including Battery500 Seedling Projects. The VTO Battery500 Consortium has set a goal of doubling the specific energy of lithium battery technologies to 500 watt-hours per kilogram.
The two technologies being developed in the program are lithium metal/sulfur and lithium metal/high nickel lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells, using solid or concentrated liquid electrolytes. The work is organized into three areas:
- Materials/Interfaces, including mixed conductive coatings and controlled surface reactions
- Electrode Architectures, including thick, conductive cathode and 3-dimensional Li composite structure
- Cell Design/Integration, including cell modeling, 1-dimensional or 2-dimensional Li ion conductor, and decoupled solid electrolyte interphase reactions.