PPG Gets DOE Funding for Lithium-ion Electrodes

PPG Industries Inc of Pittsburg, PA has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes in the production of lithium-ion battery electrodes. The three-year, US$2.2 million project will be conducted in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory of Oak Ridge, TN.

The goal of the PPG project, titled ‘High-Energy and High-Power NMP-Free Designer Electrodes with Ultra-Thick Architecture Processed by Multilayer Slot-Die Coating and Electrophoretic Deposition’ is to achieve step-change improvements in production efficiency of lithium-ion batteries used in automotive and commercial vehicle applications.

Peter Votruba-Drzal, PPG director/global research, said, “This funding recognizes PPG’s contributions to innovative battery manufacturing processes and our potential to commercialize disruptive technologies that can help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.”

The project is being funded through a 50/50 cost share between PPG and DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The DOE funding is part of the department’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports.

Volume 34, Issue 18

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