Silatronix awarded $10.1 million Navy ONR contract

Silatronix Awarded Navy ONR Contract for Organosilicon Electrolytes for Safe, High Energy, High-Nickel Magnesium Cobalt Li-ion Batteries.

Madison, WI August 12th, 2019

Silatronix has been awarded a $10.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR). The contract, entitled “Organosilicon Electrolytes for Safe, High Energy, High-Nickel NMC Li-ion Batteries” will focus on the use of Organosilicon (OS) electrolytes to improve the cycling stability of Li-ion cells using NMC622 and NMC811 cathode materials in combination with various state-of-the-art anode materials.  This ONR project leverages Silatronix substantial expertise in the development of new OS based solvents for Li-ion battery applications, and the Company’s world class, Li-ion battery materials evaluation laboratory and analysis capability.

The combination of OS electrolytes and high-nickel NMC cathode materials have been used in early demonstrations to enable high performance Li-ion battery cells with lower costs, longer lifetimes, and fast charge capability. Specifically, electrolytes with Silatronix OS3 material have enabled the use of silicon anodes in Li-ion cells that produce energy densities in excess of 400 Wh/kg.

High-nickel NMC based Li-ion battery cells provide an excellent balance of power capability and energy density. This makes them ideal for a wide range of applications including mobile communications, uninterruptible power supplies, and even electric mobility and electric vehicles. In addition to their versatility, high-nickel NMC Li-ion cells also have the largest installed production capacity base, making them an ideal low cost, high performance choice. By further improving these cells with OS technology, they become more suitable to support the extreme safety and reliability demands of Navy and military applications.

The scope of the project is specifically focused on developing a rigorous scientific understanding of the effect of OS materials on the performance and safety for high-nickel NMC based battery cells, and how these materials can be optimized together to deliver maximum benefit in both lab-scale and production scale, full cell demonstrations. Testing in combination with various silicon-graphite composite (Si-C) anode materials will also take place to capitalize on the already demonstrated synergy of OS technology with silicon-based anode materials.

Silatronix is particularly enthusiastic about the market changing benefits that OS and high-nickel NMC can provide together. “We are helping to make high performance, low cost Li-ion a reality” said Silatronix CEO, Mark Zager. “Our early OS3Ò customers are reducing $/kWh costs by using lower cost cathode materials that substitute higher amounts of nickel in place of higher cost cobalt. OS3 fits neatly into this equation by delivering the high level of electrolyte stability needed to take full advantage of these new cathode materials. As a bonus, we are also seeing tremendous benefit in fast charge cycling protocols.”

This project was made possible through the support of both Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan who have worked hard to secure federal funding in support of developing the fast-growing Li-ion battery industry in Wisconsin. This research supports many high technology jobs in Madison and will lead to continued economic growth in this sector.

Sen. Baldwin said, “I’m proud to have secured additional federal funding to continue the Navy’s investment in Li-ion battery performance and safety. This new Navy contract highlights Silatronix as a global leader in advanced battery technology. I’m pleased to support their partnership with the Navy which creates tech jobs in Wisconsin and also utilizes our skilled and diverse workforce”.

Rep. Pocan said, “I’m proud Silatronix has been awarded a new contract with the federal government to continue their groundbreaking work in advanced battery performance. Their unprecedented advancements in the Li-ion battery field have set new impressive standards and promise continued growth. I look forward to continuing to support funding for strong projects like this and continuing to ensure job creation right here in Wisconsin.”

For questions or additional information about this release, please contact Carl Thoemmes of Silatronix at 608-467-5626.

About Silatronix:

Silatronix is the leading producer of patented Organosilicon (OS) materials that enable advanced performance in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix portfolio of OS compounds can be used to extend cell life, increase cell capacity, expand temperature operability ranges, and allow the safe and effective use of higher charge voltages in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds do all of this while also improving Li-ion battery cell safety and stability. Silatronix OS compounds can be seamlessly integrated with both current and future Li-ion chemistries. See www.silatronix.com for more information.