Yardney Technical Products, the provider of lithium-ion batteries for the two Mars rovers, the Phoenix Mars Lander (launched 4 August 2007) and the future Mars Science Laboratory mission (2009), has received two federal awards totaling $200,000 for developing lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid electric vehicles.
The first Phase I award from the Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research program is to support the development of a novel lithium-ion battery with advanced silicon nanoparticle-based anodes. The resulting batteries are to demonstrate improved energy density, long cycle life, high rate capability and low-temperature performance.
The second companion Phase I award is to support the development of novel lithium-ion batteries with overcharge-safe and thermally stable LiMnPO4 cathodes.
Yardney will collaborate with the University of Connecticut on one of the awards and with Northeastern University on the other.