NASA Bets On Silicon-Anode Li-ion and Li-S Batteries
NASA recently announced four proposals for advanced energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agency’s future space missions.
As it turns out, NASA is looking in a similar direction as automotive industry, seeing the future in silicon-anode Li-ion and Li-S batteries. Noteworthy is that one of the suppliers is Amprius.
Managed by the Game Changing Development Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the four selected technology proposals are:
— Silicon Anode Based Cells for High Specific Energy Systems, submitted by Amprius, Inc, in Sunnyvale, California
— High Energy Density and Long-Life Li-S Batteries for Aerospace Applications, submitted by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena
— Advanced High Energy Rechargeable Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, submitted by Indiana University in Bloomington
— Garnet Electrolyte Based Safe, Lithium-Sulfur Energy Storage, submitted by the University of Maryland, College Park
Developments are divided into three stages:
“Phase I awards are approximately $250,000 and provide funding to conduct an eight-month component test and analysis phase. Phase II is an engineering development unit hardware phase that provides as much as $1 million per award for one year, while Phase III consists of the prototype hardware development, as much as $2 million per award for 18 months.”
Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for Space Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington stated:
“NASA’s advanced space technology development doesn’t stop with hardware and instruments for spacecraft. New energy storage technology will be critical to our future exploration of deep space — whether missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond. That’s why we’re investing in this critical mission technology area.”