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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Operators from the U. S. Army Special Forces and others have been conducting multiple recon and surveillance operations as well as direct action missions and engaging targets utilizing Army aviation night vision systems such as the AN/AVS-6 (or AN/PVS-23s) and ancillary hardware, helmet mounts and battery packs. These ANVIS systems represent the best of the best in terms of optical performance of any night vision system available however they are designed for air operations and may sacrifice ruggedness and durability in conducting ground operations. In particular, the current low profile battery packs for aviation night vision goggles (NVGs) and helmet mounts in supply will not hold up to the nightly pounding in the battlefield environment that is encountered by the SOF warfighter in training and/or actual ground operations. The current thin-shell low profile battery packs break and ANVIS helmet mounts break leaving the operator in the dark and even briefly may compromise the success of the mission or the safety of the warfighter.

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Operators from the U. S. Army Special Forces and others have been conducting multiple recon and surveillance operations as well as direct action missions and engaging targets utilizing Army aviation night vision systems such as the AN/AVS-6 (or AN/PVS-23s) and ancillary hardware, helmet mounts and battery packs. These ANVIS systems represent the best of the best in terms of optical performance of any night vision system available however they are designed for air operations and may sacrifice ruggedness and durability in conducting ground operations. In particular, the current low profile battery packs for aviation night vision goggles (NVGs) and helmet mounts in supply will not hold up to the nightly pounding in the battlefield environment that is encountered by the SOF warfighter in training and/or actual ground operations. The current thin-shell low profile battery packs break and ANVIS helmet mounts break leaving the operator in the dark and even briefly may compromise the success of the mission or the safety of the warfighter.

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Swimlane | February 23, 2022

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