Saft America Awarded $6.1M for Development of Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

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Saft America has received a $6.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium to develop lithium-ion 12-volt modules for use vehicle stop-start battery application use. (Image:Claus Ableiter)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) have collaborated to award $6.1 million to Saft America for the development of 12-volt stop-start battery technology.

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Saft will contribute a 50 percent cost-share of the contract, which tasks the company with creating and delivering lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications. With the work, Saft must adhere to goals the USABC placed based on the company’s lithium-ion battery technologies and battery management electronics, according to a press release from Saft.

The 30-month contract follows research completed with the USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development, as well as another contract to create lithium-ion battery systems which benefit hybrid electric vehicle applications.

“Advancing the technology of vehicle batteries is not only important strategically for Saft, but for the energy security of the United States,” said Saft America President Thomas Alcide. “The commitment by the Department of Energy to support state-of the art energy storage technologies will help reduce the nation’s emissions and the dependence on imported fuel.”

A subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research, the USABC develops electrochemical energy storage technologies that benefit the commercialization of hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles. The USABC is able to pursuit those goals due in part to an agreement with the DoE.

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