The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has announced it will award approximately $36 million to 22 projects in an effort to accelerate widespread electronic vehicle (EV) adoption. ARPA-E’s Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE), aims to develop transformational EV energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.
Ceramatec has been selected to develop an advanced, Planar Lithium/Sulfur battery utilizing non-porous, high-conductivity ceramic membrane for lithium-sulfur batteries to minimize self-discharge, provide mechanical integrity, and extend battery life.
Current porous separators contain liquids that negatively impact cycle life and have a low abuse tolerance.
Ceramatec will demonstrate its innovative, low-cost, non- porous membrane with a prototype lithium-sulfur battery that also contains advanced electrolytes developed for this system.
See more here: ARPA-E RANGE Project Descriptions.