US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AWARDS $6 MILLION TO FIRST BATTERY500 SEEDLINGS
The Battery500 consortium, led by the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), intends to build a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 Wh/kg, which would more than double the 170-200 Wh/kg per kilogram in today’s typical EV battery.
Part of the initiative is the “Seedling” program, which identifies new and risky battery research projects to complement the core Battery500 research effort.
Now, DOE has selected the first crop of Seedlings: 15 Phase 1 projects will receive around $5.7 million in funding. Promising Phase 1 awardees will be selected after 18 months for a second phase of research.
The Battery500 project is focused on three keystone projects: a high-nickel-content cathode with a Li-metal anode; a sulfur cathode and Li-metal anode; and innovative electrode and cell design. The Seedling projects are intended to enhance one of these projects, or to provide new concepts.