Bay Area firms get $19.6 mil for battery research

Four Bay Area companies will receive more than $19.6 million in U.S. Energy Department grants over the next few years for research into new batteries to power electric vehicles.

The money is part of $175 million that Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced yesterday will be paid out over the next three to five years to 40 projects in 15 states aimed at accelerating development and deployment of advanced vehicles.

The grants were broken out into eight subject areas, including areas such as lightweight materials, thermoelectric technology, fleet efficiency and so on. However, all four of the Bay Area grants are in the filed of advanced cells and design technology for electric drive batteries:

  • $4,998,336 to Ampirus Inc. of Menlo Park, to “develop next generation, high-energy lithium ion cells leveraging silicon anodes, doubling the capacity of state of the art vehicle batteries.”
  • $4,902,862 to Applied Materials Inc. of Santa Clara, to “design and assemble a low cost, high volume manufacturing module for fabricating high capacity metal alloy anodes in a continuous roll-to-roll configuration.”
  • $4,874,391 to Seeo Inc. of Berkeley, to “develop high-energy cells using a lithium metal anode and a proprietary solid polymer electrolyte that significantly reduces battery cost and size, and improves life and safety.”
  • $4,840,781 to Nanosys Inc. of Palo Alto, to “develop next generation, high-energy lithium ion cells leveraging high voltage composite cathode materials and silicon based anodes doubling the capacity of state of the art vehicle batteries.”
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Elwood

      These auto batteries are nothing compared to the really big battery that Jerry Brown (Governor Sunbeam) will have to build to store all that solar power he plans to generate.

      It gets really dark around here at night!