US-Made, Ultrahigh-Energy Cathodes Will Enable Low-Cost Electric Vehicle Batteries for North American Market

DENVER, Aug. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Forge Nano and TexPower are collaborating under a recently-awarded SBIR Phase I grant to further enhance TexPower’s cobalt-free, nickel-based ultrahigh energy cathode powders with Forge Nano’s low-cost materials modification nanotechnology. Results from initial trials show >230 mAh/g, which equates to a 25% increase in energy density and a 10% reduction in battery costs for electric vehicles over existing battery materials.

"The precision and versatility of Forge Nano’s advanced coating technologies are enhancing TexPower’s cobalt-free, ultrahigh energy cathode powders! We look forward to the improved performance and safety benefits atomic layer deposition will bring to our commercial materials. The TexPower-ForgeNano collaboration will help bring TexPower cathodes to the rapidly evolving EV market and beyond." – Dr. Evan Erickson, CEO TexPower.

"We’re extremely impressed with TexPower’s cathode materials. We have tested over 50 cathode materials from global Fortune 500 companies and startups over the past few years and TexPower’s energy density is second to none. We’re even more excited that our proprietary atomic layer deposition coatings will enable the required cycle life for these US-made materials to enter commercial adoption in the near future. This collaboration is yet another example of our relentless drive to enhance the best battery materials domestically and globally to enable lower cost electric vehicles, consumer products, and energy storage systems." – Dr. Paul Lichty– CEO Forge Nano.

The SBIR award, entitled ‘Taming Ultrahigh Energy Cathodes with Stabilizing Coatings: Harnessing Atomic Layer Deposition to Deploy High-Nickel, Cobalt-Free Cathodes in Electric Vehicles’, grants the TexPower/ForgeNano team $206,500 to advance current state-of-the-art battery chemistries. In this project, spearheaded by Dr. Ryan Pekarek, TexPower will enhance the stability of their cobalt-free, ultrahigh energy cathode materials using the coatings deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TexPower is casting a wide net, exploring several ALD coating chemistries in order to learn how TexPower’s new class of cathode materials interacts with ALD-deposited coatings. Upon completion of this project, TexPower will identify a product line of ALD-coated cathode materials that they will scale and commercialize. Early results from the collaboration show that ALD improves TexPower’s lifetime by 30% in full cells, while also reducing resistance by at least 5X over the lifetime of the cell.

From energy storage materials to pharmaceutical research, Forge Nano’s ALD platform makes products better from the atoms up. Forge Nano’s suite of ALD technologies can be found in various products from Li-ion batteries, high reliability electronics, vaccines and more.

About Forge Nano:

Based in Denver, CO., Forge Nano is a global leader in surface engineering and precision nano-coating technology, using ALD. Forge Nano’s proprietary technology and manufacturing processes make angstrom-thick coatings fast, affordable, and commercially viable for a wide range of materials, applications and industries. Forge Nano’s suite of ALD and PALD products and services covers the full spectrum from lab-scale tools to commercial-scale manufacturing systems. 

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About TexPower:

TexPower was founded by Drs. Evan Erickson, Wangda Li, and Prof. Arumugam Manthiram from the world-renowned battery research labs at the University of Texas at Austin where they initially developed the cobalt-free, ultrahigh energy cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. This new class of cathode leapfrogs current low-cobalt alternatives, making more affordable, higher energy, longer life batteries supplied by a secure supply chain. After raising seed money through DOE, DOD, and private funding to build their Houston-based R&D facility, they have recently secured Series A funding for their pilot production capable of more than 100 tons per annum.

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