Tennessee, Pennsylvania: Porous Power Technologies Improves Lithium Ion Battery, Wins R&D 100 Award

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Breakthrough technology lowers lithium ion battery costs. Receives 2013 R&D 100 Award.
Location: Tennessee, Pennsylvania
Partners: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Porous Power Technologies.
EERE Investment: $637,000
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Porous Power Technologies, partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), developed SYMMETRIX HPX-F, a nanocomposite separator for improved lithium-ion battery technology. This breakthrough membrane technology addresses market demands by lowering lithium-ion battery costs and improving safety through the replacement of polymer separators. The implementation of lower-cost ceramics and mineral fillers in these internal separators can improve a battery’s thermomechanical properties, making it less likely to overheat or ignite due to shorting. It could affect plug-in electric vehicles, grid storage applications, portable electronic applications, filters, barrier fabrics, transdermal drug delivery, and toxic chemical absorption. Recognized for its contributions to the industry, SYMMETRIX HPX-F was a recipient of a 2013 R&D 100 Award.

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