Solid-State Battery Developer Solid Power Named “Emerging Cleantech Company Of The Year”

DEC 23 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 20

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Solid-state batteries could represent the future of electric transport, at least that’s what solid-state battery developer Solid Power and the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association thinks:

“Solid Power Inc. has been named “Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year” by the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA). Solid Power, founded in 2012 based on research conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is developing solid-state rechargeable battery products for government and commercial markets, including aerospace and electric vehicles, where high energy, safe operation and long life are required. “

Reports Green Car Congress.

For back ground info on Solid Power, click here.

What’ Solid Power up to these days?

“In its proposal for NASA Phase I SBIR funding, Solid Power said that its work in the Phase I project would demonstrate the feasibility of surpassing 600 Wh/kg and 1000 Wh/L at the cell level—a 3-5X improvement over the best battery technologies planned for NASA missions today.”

Much of Solid Power’s current work is geared toward aerospace, but electric transportation will benefit from advances in solid-state battery technology.

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20 Comments on "Solid-State Battery Developer Solid Power Named “Emerging Cleantech Company Of The Year”"

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Mint

Solid-state batteries are a long way from being used in EVs.

First they will find niche applications that will pay $5k+/kWh. Then you will find them in high end smartphones, selling for $2000/kWh (that means $40 for a 20Wh cell, which is ~2x the capacity of a giant 3000 mAh battery).

Then they’ll need a whopping 10x cost reduction to be even considered over gigafactory cells, and in the meantime scaling up to supply laptops, tablets, etc.

I’m guessing 2030 for the time that they become competitive with $100/kWh cells with liquid electrolytes, if ever.

Even if someone has a breakthrough technology that can make them cheap, they’re not going to sell them cheap until competitors catch up. They can sell over $1B/yr to Apple at a price of $2000/kWh if they’re as good as advertised.

Chris O

…or they might take the route Anne Mary Sastry CEO of solid state battery company Sakti3 recently announced: $100/KWh cell cost for consumer electronics in a few years from now, automotive applications soon after that.

Rob Stark

Or they can go the way Santa Claus CEO of HO HO HOti3 recently announced.

$1 per kWh cell cost to the consumer electronics industry when Jesus returns and soon thereafter at $.01 per kWh for automotive applications.

Chris O

Do you really think dumb comments like that are helpful in your Tesla support efforts?

Rob Stark

Do you really think re-posting nonsense from the head of a startup ever desperate for more funds aids in your anti-Tesla propaganda?

Jouni Valkonen

+1

Kaiser

Plenty of other solid state players like http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533541/a-prototype-battery-could-double-the-range-of-electric-cars/.

If you assume automobiles are the largest market you’ll see manufacturers cut deals for capital, like Apple does with their suppliers.

mhpr262

Energy density is one thing … I have heard they still have major problems with power density though. “hat good is being able to drive 2000 miles on one charge when you can do so only at 20mph max?

They might still be interesting for hybrid batteries though – half solid state for base load, half standard battery for high power bursts.

Anthony Fiti

I don’t know if its as stark as you illustrate (2000 miles at 20mph), but generally in batteries everything is a trade-off. So if the batteries can do 1300Wh/l and 700Wh/kg but have an insufficient power density, you can always pull more power out of the battery but you’re not going to hit 1300Wh/l and 700Wh/kg, those numbers will go down (how much is dependent on how good they are at electrochemistry and materials engineering).

kubel

Oh god, please not another EEStor.

Fibb

There is only ever going to be one EEStor.

Now with snazzy website and 3rd party verification by Intertek.

see http://www.eestor.us for Test Results report and more.

Note: so far only capacitor market related test results. Energy Storage data to come in the future.

Robert

Hmmm, interesting…
So how many AA batteries do I need for my car conversion?
Or should I use D cells?

Robert Weekley

Assuming they make a ‘D’ Cell – Honda Used 120 of them (NiMH) for the 144 Volt pack in the Insight 2-Seater! When you finish that conversion – exhibit it at EV Fest 2015 – if you get it done in time!

Mike

Why are you wasting your time making stupid comments?
These companies are backed by Venture Capital, they might know a bit more then you at the current time.

Or, tell us what are you working on?

FME III

This is a Colorado-based organization awarding an accolade to a UC Boulder spin-off.

There are many other players in solid-state battery tech. Some, like Sakti3, are much closer to bringing them to market.

Move along folks. Nothing to see here.

Mike

No. I think it is interesting, this is now 3 companies announcing they are working on solid state batteries, the last one VW to a 5% stake in.

It indicates that many people see the science-technology is promising and closer to production then we all thought.

Rob Stark

No it does not.

As someone likes to post here VW invest ~$13B every year in R&D.

VW taking a 5% stake in a startup is VW taking a flyer on potential breakthrough technology. Like a person buying a lottery ticket.

FME III

Mike, I agree with you. The “nothing to see” jibe is aimed at the parochialism of one Colorado group declaring that another Colorado group has come up with the “Emerging Technology of the Year” when the reality is that other companies are farther along in pursuit of the same technology.

I, for one, am very excited by the promise of solid state batteries.

Lad

There is a lot of activity in battery development because many believe it will be a trillion dollar business and the key to replacing hydrocarbon energy with renewables.

Jouni Valkonen

That is correct. Cheap batteries are indeed a trillion dollar business, therefore it is almost trivial to lure venture capital for battery start-ups and therefore we have so many of those completely bogus companies such as Sakti3 or Envia.