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Posts Tagged: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL licenses electrolyte and thin-film coating tech to BTRY

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has licensed some electrolyte and thin-film coating technologies it developed to battery technology company BTRY, which plans to use them to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. ORNL says the licensing will enable BTRY to “make batteries with increased energy density, at lower cost and with an improved safety profile in crashes.” Composed… Read more »

The high cost of cobalt cathodes and some potential alternatives

According to an article published in Advanced Energy Materials by researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), cobalt is currently the most expensive cathode material used in lithium-ion batteries. The DOE says cobalt accounts for about a quarter of the cost of a typical battery, and was the most expensive cathode material in… Read more »

ORNL scientists use electrochemical pulse to overcome contact impedance

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries. One of the challenges in manufacturing solid-state batteries is the difficulty of getting materials to properly join and remain stable during repeated cycles of charging and discharging. Scientists studying methods to overcome this contact… Read more »

HEVO to commercialize ORNL’s dynamic wireless charging technology

The DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology to Brooklyn-based HEVO. The system is designed to provide high power levels in a small package, and also supports dynamic charging, which could one day allow EVs to be charged while in motion. HEVO will work with ORNL to further develop the technology… Read more »

ORNL’s open-source modeling tool helps planners select best sites for highway charging stations

When deploying public charging stations, selecting the best sites is critical. Hundreds of chargers around the country sit unused—we’ve all driven by them—and most of these were installed years ago, before planners understood the importance of proper siting. Now researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nationwide modeling tool to help infrastructure planners… Read more »

New class of cobalt-free cathodes could enhance energy density of Li-ion batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new family of cathodes with the potential to replace the costly cobalt-based cathodes typically found in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new class, called NFA (nickel, iron, aluminum), is a derivative of lithium nickelate that’s used as a cathode material. These novel cathodes are designed to be… Read more »

Momentum Technologies licenses ORNL process to recover metals from batteries

Momentum Technologies, a Dallas-based materials science company focused on extracting critical metals from electronic waste, has licensed a process developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for recovering cobalt and other metals from spent Li-ion batteries. Several critical elements, such as cobalt, nickel, lithium and manganese, are used in EV batteries. Using ORNL’s Membrane… Read more »

PPG receives DOE funding for EV battery coating processes

PPG, a supplier of coatings and specialty materials, has received DOE funding for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes for the production of Li-ion battery electrodes. The three-year, $2.2-million project—one of 13 selected through a DOE initiative focused on addressing engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices—will be conducted in collaboration… Read more »

Soteria licenses battery tech designed to eliminate thermal runaway

Soteria Battery Innovation Group has exclusively licensed and optioned a technology developed by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) designed to eliminate thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries due to mechanical damage. The technology complements Soteria’s existing battery safety technology. Soteria Battery Innovation Group is a technology development and licensing company that has formed a… Read more »

New composite material increases current capacity to rev up EV efficiency and range

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that they claim increases the current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense EV traction motors. The research is aimed at improving the performance and life of components such as… Read more »