BioSolar, a developer of energy storage technology and materials, has begun development of a high energy anode for current- and next-generation lithium batteries. While this anode is an independent technology, the Company will seek synergies with the Super Cathode technology it has been developing. (Earlier post.)
BioSolar’s cathode technology, which has been the primary focus of its university-led research and development efforts, is a novel conductive polymer material that leverages fast redox-reaction properties rather than conventional lithium-ion intercalation chemistry to enable rapid charge and discharge. In contrast, BioSolar’s new anode technology is compatible with existing lithium-ion intercalation chemistries.
(The lead inventors of the cathode technology are UCSB professor Dr. Alan Heeger, the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 2000 for the discovery and development of conductive polymers, and Dr. David Vonlanthen, a project scientist and energy storage expert at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).)
The company says that there is also a possibility of consolidating with next-generation energy storage systems such as lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries in the future, thus potentially addressing a larger window of commercialization opportunity.
BioSolar expects its anode to be compatible with existing battery manufacturing processes, thereby enabling seamless integration and speedy adoption.
The company believes its new anode technology has the potential to reduce costs, improve range, and enable faster charging times across various markets, including electric vehicles, personal technology, and storage for renewable energy, such as solar.
BioSolar has recently announced that it had entered into a new sponsored research program at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to strengthen the engineering development efforts of its battery technology. Dr. Sung-Jin Cho, Assistant Professor in the Nanoengineering Department at the university, is the lead investigator of the newly initiated sponsored research program.