New York-based alpha-En has won an award of $750,000 from the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition Technology Commercialization Fund. The funding will be used to commercialize Argonne National Laboratory’s proprietary highly conductive solid-state electrolyte coating for alpha-En’s lithium metal anodes.
alpha-En says its lithium metal is purer than what is currently available on the market, free of all base metals and common non-conductive impurities. It produces its lithium using a room-temperature process that requires minimal electricity, does not require mercury, and does not release toxic chlorine gas.
The company’s process allows for the flexible deposition and intercalation of lithium into custom substrates, which streamlines the manufacturing of batteries of all sizes.