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Posted: June 23, 2010

ADA Technologies Awarded $100K Contract to Improve Li-ion Batteries for Space Vehicle Use

(Nanowerk News) ADA Technologies, Inc. received a $100,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force for Phase I research into the development of advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for military space satellite applications.
Li-ion batteries are the new industry standard for use as rechargeable batteries in space vehicles. Although substantial advancements have been made in Li-ion batteries over the past ten years, important limitations still exist including those related to cycle life and storage life.
ADA will leverage its ongoing work in the development of carbon nano tube-based electrodes for lithium-ion battery applications in the hybrid electric vehicle market. Research under the Air Force contract will focus on development and characterization of lithium-ion battery systems for optimal cycle life.
"ADA's initial focus is on assessing the feasibility of several emerging battery nanomaterial technologies to optimize Li-ion battery cycle life," said Wen Lu, Ph.D., ADA's Energy Storage team leader. "The overall objective of the two-phase project is improved energy and power densities, wider operation temperature ranges and inherently safer operation, as well as improved storage and cycle life when compared to current Li-ion batteries."
ADA's advanced energy storage research program began in 2005 and to date has received nearly $2 million in research and early stage product development funding.
ADA Technologies, Inc.
ADA Technologies, Inc. is a research, development, and commercialization company that specializes in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes. The firm is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, with offices on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, Wyoming. ADA has received more than 130 research grants totaling more than $40 million. ADA has received numerous honors, including: 2006 Tibbetts Award, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Colorado Technology Fast 50, 2006 & 2007 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado and Colorado's Top Technology Company 2005. For more information, please visit or call 303-792-5615
Source: ADA (press release)
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