Originally Published on the ECOreport
The competitively bid contract is for a variety of tests which will be carried out on Seeo’s DryLyte™ Cell technology over the next nine months. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing 50% of the $298,736 needed to fund the tests, which will be carried out over the next 9 months. Seeo’s current DryLyte™ cell technology has an energy density of 220 Wh/kg. According to Seeo’s President Hal Zarem, many of its components will be used their next-generation technology.
Seeo recently captured headlines when it announced they are developing a technology that can double the effective range of inexpensive EVs. This will not happen until they produce a 400 Wh/kg battery.
“Next year we are looking at cells in excess of 300 Wh/kg,” explained Zarem. “The range depends on how the vehicle manufacturer specifies their product and how many watt hours of battery they chose to put in there.”
The USABC is a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. In a separate press release, Steve Zimmer, executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC, the parent organization of USABC, said:
We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to Seeo Inc. as part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programs. These programs are essential to advance the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable increasingly efficient and affordable vehicle electrification.
“This is a validation of our technology and the roadmap we are currently on,” said Zarem.
Seeo will deliver several hundred cells from our pilot manufacturing line assembled in battery modules, each module providing 1.65 kWh storage capacity. We welcome the opportunity to independently validate their performance as we prepare to introduce the next leap forward in electric vehicle battery technology.
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