StoreDot, a pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), has announced that, together with the Israeli Electric Company (IEC), it has been approved by NASA to conduct the first space-based research and development program into new battery materials. StoreDot’s XFC technology will undergo two weeks of rigorous testing in zero gravity conditions on the International Space Station in February 2022.
The results are expected to pave the way for a new generation of advanced lithium-ion batteries and accelerate the time to market of StoreDot’s ‘5-minute’ charge battery by bringing energy density and cycle life into line with the requirements of EV OEMs.
The Israeli start-up will use the experiment to gain new insights into the chemical reactions that cause silicon to expand during the fast-charging process. This will be achieved by using zero gravity conditions to identify irregularities in the silicon surface of the anode. Importantly, the findings from the research will be incorporated into the first engineering samples of StoreDot’s silicon-dominant anode XFC battery for EVs, which will be available for testing by the end of 2022.
Dr Doron Myersdorf, CEO, StoreDot, says: “We are incredibly proud to join forces with the IEC, The Ramon Foundation and the Israel Space Agency on this historic mission. StoreDot remains steadfast on pushing the boundaries of battery materials research and development and this project marks the next exciting stage in that journey. This will be the first time XFC has been tested in the zero gravity conditions of space and we believe the results could be absolutely game-changing. Not only in terms of advancing XFC technology, but also, potentially, by opening up entirely new avenues in materials research that will have implications that extend far beyond the battery industry.”
He adds: “As this is something that has never done before it’s difficult to know exactly what we will discover, but the methodology of analysing reactions in space has huge potential and will enable us discover things that simply would not be possible on Earth.”
StoreDot’s strategic investors include BP, Daimler, TDK and Samsung Ventures.