Battery Streak Inc. is working to make batteries cost quicker, last more and run safer.
The Camarillo-based firm was began in 2017 primarily based on analysis and know-how that was developed at UCLA the place David Grant, Battery Streak’s chief government and president, is the entrepreneur in residence.
Battery Streak’s lithium-ion batteries are completely different from conventional ones in that they use nanostructured titanium niobium oxide because the anode. Standard batteries often have a graphite anode.
The corporate mentioned its checks point out that these batteries can retain 80% of their capability, or energy, after 3,000 battery cycles: different lithium-ion batteries drop to 80% capability after only one,000 cycles. The basic properties of niobium, and the best way vitality is saved as a floor cost somewhat than a chemical bond, permits these batteries to cost quicker at physique temperatures.
It mentioned its batteries have potential functions in know-how resembling medical units, smartphones and electrical automobiles. Battery Streak has optimized its manufacturing and growth processes over time which Dan Alpern, Battery Streak’s vice chairman of promoting, mentioned has led to 66% discount of manufacturing prices within the final yr.
“If you have a look at a cost-per-charge cycle, our materials lasts thrice longer than a traditional lithium-ion battery,” Alpern mentioned. “So whereas there could also be a better upfront price … once they can take up that price over an extended cost cycle, then it begins to make extra sense.”
Battery Streak is at present working with the Division of Protection and was just lately accepted into this yr’s Superior Naval Expertise Train Coast Trident program. Alpern, who’s a veteran of the Navy himself, defined that the one purpose defense-based organizations are enthusiastic about its batteries is as a result of it permits them to place a safer, more practical battery on the again of the Military’s troopers or within the electrical techniques of the Navy’s planes.
“Having the ability to have one thing that acts like a capacitor that would launch a excessive quantity of vitality in a short time, with out producing warmth, reduces the necessity for what we name a thermal administration harness, or mainly a radiator for the battery,” Alpern mentioned.
The corporate just lately signed a contract with what he mentioned was one of many largest protection producers within the U.S., however is unable to reveal the title of the corporate or any monetary particulars of the deal right now.
Battery Streak can also be signing contracts in Taiwan and Germany, whose markets have an interest within the batteries’ capability to cost transportation grids and EVs, respectively.
Alpern mentioned it’s the solely firm with the unique license to work with this nanostructured niobium. It has filed a patent and goes right into a section two Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis program, for a nickel- and cobalt-free cathode. Battery Streak’s major operational aim is to develop the batteries’ know-how and license its use out to corporations, however it’s beginning to lean extra into the manufacturing facet of battery supplies.
“I feel splitting the distinction is a greater method to have a look at it, we’re (going to) go kicking and screaming down the battery producer path,” Alpern mentioned. “Solely as a result of that’s not our experience and, extra importantly, due to the calls for that EVs have created within the battery house, there’s a really shallow expertise pool obtainable.”