NanoGraf, U.S. Department of Defense Partners, Receives $1.65M Funding to Develop Longer Lasting Batteries for Soldiers

NanoGraf | July 21, 2020

NanoGraf, an advanced battery material company, today announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a longer-lasting lithium-ion battery, designed to provide U.S. military personnel with better portable power for the equipment they rely on to operate safely and effectively. The Department of Defense will provide NanoGraf with $1.65 million to develop silicon anode-based lithium-ion technology in a format compatible with all portable batteries, with a goal of enabling a 50-100 percent increase in runtime when compared to traditional graphite anode lithium-ion cells. The $1.65 million grant is provided by The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a U.S. government program whose mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through investment in research in critical American priorities for a strong national economy.

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ICG's John Lehal discussed post-election coalitions, the EU referendum and the power of the back benches with Graham Brady MP, chairman of the 1922 Committee.

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