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USA: Battery group dishes out development, technology contracts


Five companies will share $5.43 million in advanced battery development and technology assessment contracts.

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The contracts, given by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a research collaboration among Chrsyler Group, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co., are competitively bid contracts funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and include a 50% cost-share from each of the contracted companies.

The five contracts will focus on the development and assessment of advanced energy storage technologies for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV), a lower-energy energy storage system (LEESS) for power-assist hybrid-electric vehicles (PAHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) applications.

The companies receiving the contracts are:

Envia Systems Inc. of Newark, Calif., was awarded a $3.65 million contract for a three-year project to develop a high-energy cathode material for vehicle applications and pouch cells that exhibit performance metrics that meet or exceed the minimum USABC EV goals.

Quallion LLC of Los Angeles, Calif., was awarded a $1.41 million contract for an 18-month technology assessment of its Matrix battery design, a hybridized battery pack using a mixture of high power and high-energy lithium-ion cells, and to demonstrate the performance of the packs against USABC EV goals.

ActaCell Inc. of Austin, Texas, was awarded $179,015 for a 16-month technology assessment contract to evaluate the company’s high-power lithium-ion cells for increased cycle and storage life against USABC PAHEV goals.
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