PPG Forms Partnership For Vehicle Batteries

PPG, Pittsburgh, Pa. has announced a partnership with SiNode Systems, Chicago, Ill.  to accelerate the commercialization of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles.

PPG said the 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and demonstrate anode materials designed to store more energy than conventional lithium-ion battery materials, enabling electric vehicles to travel farther on a single charge or to have a lighter-weight battery.

In 2016, SiNode was selected among to receive a contract for the project from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), which is providing 50 percent of the project’s funding through the U.S. Department of Energy. Project partners are funding the remaining 50 percent.

The project will focus on improving the stability and scalability of SiNode’s anode materials to meet or exceed USABC targets for a battery’s active materials, which store the energy. Raymor Industries will provide graphene – a nanoscale-thin layer of pure carbon for the high-energy anode materials – to PPG, which will then prepare the material for SiNode. PPG will help both Raymor and SiNode scale up their manufacturing processes to production volumes to support the project.

“Partnering with PPG will allow us to accelerate the commercialization of our battery materials platform for a wide range of markets, ” said Samir Mayekar, SiNode co-founder and CEO. “Our team is thrilled to collaborate with PPG.”

Kurt Olson, PPG research fellow, said, “We believe SiNode’s technology has great potential to benefit the battery market, and we appreciate this opportunity for collaboration. Boosting the range and reducing the weight of electric vehicles through batteries that store more energy will increase the practicality of, and consumer interest in. Applying PPG technology to help improve the sustainability of products, such as electric vehicles, is a strategic goal for us, and we are pleased to participate in this project.”