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NASA's Glenn Research Center Partners With Fuentek To License Technology To Enhance Lithium Ion Batteries

New Advanced Copolymer Gel Electrolyte Enhances Performance and Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries

(June 15, 2011)

APEX, N.C. – Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, a technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology transfer services, has announced that NASA’s Glenn Research Center has asked Fuentek to seek companies to license an advanced copolymer gel electrolyte that enhances the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries.

This electrolyte technology would enhance the performance of rechargeable lithium polymer batteries and would be safer than existing batteries because there are no volatile or flammable components.  The new technology could be used in: wafer-thin geometries such as batteries for "smart cards," portable electronics such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptops, digital music devices, wireless controllers, battery-powered robots, lightweight radio-controlled cars and aircraft, grid power storage (for example, storing solar power during the day for use at night), and electric vehicles.

The technology enables a safer, highly flexible, and environmentally friendly fabrication method for producing batteries with high ionic conductivity, high cycling stability, mechanical strength and potentially increased cycle life.

“Advancements in technology, like NASA’s gel electrolyte, are imperative to advancing the search for effective alternative energy sources,” said Dr. Nannette Stangle-Castor, senior technology transfer consultant at Fuentek, LLC.  “This electrolyte technology will allow companies to produce safer, more powerful batteries for just about everything, from remote controlled cars to extending the capabilities of solar power through grid power storage.”

“This is exactly the kind of technology transfer that I discussed Monday with members of the President’s Jobs Council,” said Ms. Schoppe. “Innovations like this one have the potential to boost economic development and create jobs. We’re working to make that happen.”

› Find out more about NASA Glenn's copolymer gel electrolyte technology
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