|[August 08, 2012]
PolyPlus CEO Steven Visco to Participate in Department of Energy Roundtable Focused on Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness in Advanced Clean Energy Manufacturing
BERKELEY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
PolyPlus, a developer of high-energy lithium batteries, today announced
CEO Steven Visco will join other CEOs, research experts and government
officials Thursday, August 9, at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
sponsored White House event to discuss strengthening U.S.
competitiveness in advanced clean energy manufacturing.
Hosted by Dr. David Danielson, DOE Assistant Secretary for energy
efficiency and renewable energy, the roundtable will examine the new
report from the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee of
the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Report recommendations include: establish a national advanced
manufacturing strategy; increase R&D funding in top, cross-cutting
technologies; and establish a national network of manufacturing
A recent winner of an $8.99 million Innovative Manufacturing
Technologies Program award from the DOE, PolyPlus is working with
Corning (News - Alert) and Johnson Controls to complete development of its Protected
Lithium Electrode (PLETM), the critical component in its
high-energy density lithium-water, lithium-sulfur and lithium-air
batteries. PolyPlus was one of only 13 companies to be selected by the
DOE out of a pool of approximately 1,500 companies, and the $8.99
million was one of the largest awars.
Companies participating with PolyPlus include, GE Energy, Dow Chemical,
DuPont, Ford, Cree Lighting, Air Products (News - Alert) and Chemicals, Third Wave
Systems, FuelCell Energy, Sheetak, Fluidic Energy, Campbell Applied
Physics, and EnerGY2.
"It's a great honor to take part in this event focused on the United
States winning the global race for advanced clean energy manufacturing,"
said Visco. "This public-private manufacturing partnership is critical
in helping American companies meet the numerous challenges to fend off
global competitors in advanced clean energy manufacturing, which
includes solar and wind to energy storage, vehicles, lighting, the smart
grid and fuel cells."
The PolyPlus lithium-water
battery has achieved the highest energy density ever recorded at
1,300 Wh/kg, many times more than the maximum delivered by current
lithium-ion batteries. The battery boasts an extremely long lifetime,
making it ideal for such applications as underwater robots or unmanned,
underwater vehicles. The company is currently testing samples of the
battery, expects the product to be commercially available in 2013.
PolyPlus is developing a lithium-air
rechargeable battery with exceptional energy density, which is
advantageous for products such as portable electronics. Its rechargeable
lithium air batteries also hold the promise of achieving the "holy
grail" for electric vehicles - 500 miles per charge. The company is also
working on a new generation of lithium-sulfur
batteries aimed at the electric vehicle space.
Battery Company is the developer of advanced lithium battery
products. The inventor of advanced lithium-sulfur batteries, the company
is also creating lithium-water and lithium-air batteries that will
deliver performance levels unachievable today. PolyPlus has an extensive
patent portfolio covering key aspects of its technology including
lithium-sulfur batteries, protected lithium electrodes (PLEs),
lithium-air, and aqueous-lithium batteries. The company's technology was
named one of Time Magazine's 50 best inventions of 2011, and won a 2012
Gold Edison Award.
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