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Powdermet partnering with DOD and DOE to commercialize new nano-composite materials for energy storage and ultra wear resistance

Powdermet, a subsidiary of Abakan Inc., a provider of advanced coatings and metal formulations, has secured several partnerships with corporate, government and military agencies—including the US Army, Navy and Department of Energy, to advance commercialization of its EnComp Energetic nanocomposites and MComP Microcomposite materials for use in high-density energy storage and energy-efficient mechanical bearing markets.

Among the details:

  • The DOE awarded Powdermet $1M to commercialize its high dialectric nanoparticle filler, which can increase capacitor energy density by 20x to 100x over current technology while reducing size and weight. This technology will enable the storage of a large amount of electrical energy at high voltages for long periods of time without significant current leakage. Huge for EVs and renewables, where energy storage has been an issue.

  • The Navy entered into a contract with Powdermet to develop the company’s EnComP nanocomposite membranes for rechargeable magnesium batteries. These materials will enable extremely high energy density in batteries, exceeding that of contemporary batteries by 1-3 orders of magnitude, significantly improving battery performance.

Powdermet EnComp Energetic nanocomposite materials improve both the energy density and power density of batteries. Powdermet has partnered with the US Army to develop applications requiring instant-on storage of a large amount of electrical energy at high voltages for long periods of time without significant current leakage.

Powdermet utilized its nanoparticle synthesis and controlled dispersion processing capabilities to demonstrate melt-processable nanoparticle-filled engineered composite film dielectrics showing 20 to 30 J/cc of energy density, highlighting the opportunity for the technology to vastly improve energy storage technologies for the transportation and renewable energy sectors.

Additionally, Powdermet’s long-term collaboration with Michigan State University also received investment from the Department of Energy to further develop critical nanocomposite separators needed for ultra-high power density multivalent batteries based on ionic liquids.

Multivalent batteries enable an order of magnitude increase in the power density of batteries, enabling the handling of high power loads in smaller, lighter, lower cost devices. This technology complements Powdermet’s ongoing efforts to develop encapsulated nanocomposite anode and cathode materials addressing needs within the $100 billion global advanced battery manufacturing value chain.

Powdermet’s MComP Microcomposite cermet (ceramic-metal) materials provide the friction and wear performance equivalent to advanced, diamond-like carbon coatings, but with the toughness, strength and formability of metals. Powdermet has partnered with the US Navy to provide a solution to contamination issues in spherical plain airframe bearings using advanced coatings that have already been commercialized through Abakan subsidiary MesoCoat.

These nanocomposite cermet materials have applications across the transportation, energy, military, construction and other sectors for reducing friction and extending the life of, or eliminating the need for lubricants, in highly stressed systems.



Is this reality or smart PR to get more grants?

If true, it could be part of the future solution for much higher energy density (1 to 3 order of magnitude?) ultra caps and batteries.

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