GREENVILLE – Soteria Battery Innovation Group, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, has acquired intellectual property from Elegus Technologies to improve the battery cycle life and safety of electric vehicles.
Soteria’s Dreamweaver nonwoven battery separators use aramid fibres for increased thermal and chemical stability, preventing the separator from melting or shrinking in the presence of a defect or damage.
With the growing adoption of electric powertrains in both vehicles and aircraft comes a desire for longer cycle life from the expensive battery pack.
Lithium-ion cells generate both moisture and hydrofluoric acid as they age, which degrade the cells over time.
Elegus Technologies, formed as a spinout of the University of Michigan, has developed technology utilising nano-aramid fibres that enables the separator to immobilise these harmful elements in the cell, reducing the rate of degradation and extending the life of the cell. This is extremely important for applications such as automotive, aviation, and stationary energy storage.
The two technologies pair without disrupting the standard cell manufacturing process. This means that the technology will be able to be implemented on today’s gigafactory lines, allowing it to be broadly adopted without an investment in additional equipment or manufacturing lines.
“Commercialising innovative technologies is one of the hardest things a startup in the lithium-ion battery industry can do,” said John Hennessy, Elegus Technologies CEO and co-founder. “Soteria’s approach of enabling broad access through a global licensing and consortium platform makes them an ideal partner to take our technology to the market. We saw a clear synergy between our materials and their aramid-based separator.”
“Capturing the chemicals that are a root cause of battery degradation will allow battery builders to bring higher energy density cells that would otherwise degrade quickly to the lithium-ion market,” added Brian Morin, Soteria CEO. “Elegus technology will couple with Soteria’s separator to make an smart, active separator, rather than the passive separator materials used today.”