The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, has awarded a $4 million contract to SiNode Systems Inc. in Chicago to develop advanced anode materials for electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion battery applications.
USABC says the competitively bid contract award is 50% cost share-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
According to the consortium, the 30-month program will focus on the development of silicon-graphene, high-energy anode material appropriate for EV applications and the development and scale-up of pouch cells that exhibit anode performance metrics exceeding the minimum USABC targets for active EV materials development.
“We believe our advanced anode materials technology will be an enabler in improving the performance and reducing the cost of advanced batteries for vehicle electrification,” says Samir Mayekar, co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems.
The company says its technology was developed, optimized and patented by the SiNode team, which worked collaboratively with researchers at Northwestern University and the Argonne National Laboratory.
Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the DOE, the USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support the commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.