The Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT) announced today that it has awarded Applied Materials a $5 million research grant for the development of advanced cells for electric drive vehicle batteries over the next three years.
The accepted proposal for ‘Modular Process Equipment for Low Cost Manufacturing of High Capacity Prismatic Li-Ion Cell’ Alloy Anodes aims to develop a new class of high-capacity lithium battery anodes based on an innovative micro-cell porous 3D Cu – Li alloy structure. The technology holds great potential to enable the development of advanced manufacturing prototype modules for fabricating high-capacity Li-ion electrodes in large quantities at a lower cost for vehicle lithium ion batteries.
This is a joint project and the funding will be shared between Applied Materials, partners Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), FMC, Nissan technical center USA and A123 systems. The companies will match the funds provided by the department of energy. In total, Applied spends about $1 billion each year on our global R&D efforts.
These efforts, like the activities in all our businesses, are focused on driving down the cost of technology and making it more accessible to consumers around the world. While this is just the first step in the commercialization process, Applied Materials is proud to be part of this group of companies that will drive lithium-ion battery applications forward.