TechConnect Innovation Program

Ultrastrong Kevlar nano-fibers for lithium batteries

Elegus Technologies, MI, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Our technology is a kevlar-based separator that can be used as Li-ion/Li-S battery separators. The separator combines competitive thermal and mechanical properties, allowing for high capacity, high discharge rate batteries that can withstand the harsh operating conditions being seen today.

Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Our Kevlar-based separator (PURELY aramid) will be up to 80% thinner than its present market counterparts, saving space for more active materials resulting in a 10-15% increase in energy density without reducing battery safety standards, due to its high thermal stability and mechanical robustness.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

Showcase Booth #: 5T

Website: www.elegustech.com

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: The company has received $125,000 in government funding thus far from the NSF I-Corps ($50,000) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) from its M-TRAC Transportation Grant ($75,000). We are applying for SBIR/STTR programs for NSF and DOE, as well as exploring ARPA-E opportunities

Primary Sources of Funding: Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital, Corporate Partner, Federal Grant, University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners