Ceramic Battery LLC
Lithium Ion battery technology is increasingly being employed in niche electric vehicles. However, the widespread adoption of electrified powertrains requires 25% lower cost, 4x higher performance, and safer batteries without the possibility of fire. One approach is to develop solid-state battery (SSB) technology that does not use liquid electrolytes. SSB offers the promise of 3 – 4x the energy density (compared to the State-of-the-art Li-ion) at a reduction in the pack cost of 20%. Despite these attractive features, the fabrication and testing of SSB for EVs have not been demonstrated.
Impact of I-Corps
I-Corps methodology helped the team explore multiple markets for their technology including: eBikes, down-hole drilling, EVs, and consumer electronics. The personal growth of Dr. Thompson from material scientist to a business-savvy innovator has been tremendous. After several years of continuing to develop the ceramic battery business and the technology, Dr. Thompson has taken a business development role with Umicore, a company specializing in advanced materials for the clean mobility industry. Through this role, he will gain the experience of releasing and supporting clean technology products already in the marketplace.
|Jan 2015||Energy Institute Translational Research Award ($40,000)|
|May 2015||Energy and Transportation Regional I-Corps|
|Aug 2015||MTRAC Transportation ($50,000)|
|Sept 2015||U-M Prototyping Fund ($10,000)|
|Oct 2015||Clean Energy Resource Center ($60,000)|
|Jan 2016||CFE Pathways to Impact (Eng/Bus joint program)|
|Feb 2016||ARPA-E Award ($3.9M)|
|Aug 2016||MTRAC Transportation ($120,000)|
|Mar 2017||NSF National I-Corps ($50,000)|
|Jul 2017||MTRAC Advanced Materials ($100,000)|
Dr. Travis Thompson, PhD
Dr. Jeff Sakamoto, PhD