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Posted: Apr 07, 2011

ADA Technologies Awarded $100K Contract from NASA for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

(Nanowerk News) ADA Technologies, Inc. received a $100,000 contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to conduct research into the use of advanced nanocomposite electrodes and ionic liquid electrolytes to improve the performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries.
Space exploration vehicles are trending to higher pulse power, energy capacity levels and cycle life to meet increasing performance and lifespan requirements. As the demand for on-board power and total energy-storage capacity has continued to grow, there has been an increasing need for battery technologies with higher energy and power density potential. Although substantial advancements have been made in lithium-ion batteries over the past 10 years limitations still exist.
ADA's research is expected to result in improved energy and power, wider operation temperature ranges, inherently safer operation, and excellent storage / cycle life as compared to current lithium-ion batteries.
"The high capacity, high rate capability and high cycle life performance potential of advanced nanocomposite electrodes in combination with the inherent non-volatility and non-flammability of ionic liquids holds substantial promise," said Douglas Campbell, ADA R&D program manager.
In addition to space vehicle uses, ADA's technology would be applicable to military and commercial satellite markets where a similar need for high energy and power density and high cycle life exists. In addition, the technology could see use in numerous other areas where high performance and safety in lithium-ion batteries are of great interest. These include automotive applications (plug-in-hybrid and all electric vehicles), utility grid applications, consumer electronics and military uses such as unmanned aircraft systems and portable power systems.
ADA Technologies, Inc. is a research, development, and commercialization company that specializes in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes. ADA's technology successes include the creation of three spin-off companies: Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems, Inc., Novinda Corp., and Pronghorn Technologies, LLC. Headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, ADA has received more than 180 research grants totaling more than $50 million. For more information, visit www.adatech.com or call 303-792-5615.
Source: ADA Technologies (press release)
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