Research and Development
In addition to the manufacturing and distribution of our LFP range of batteries and various other solar based energy capture and storage devices, Bioenno Power also actively engages in research and development through our in-house technical staff. We believe that as a manufacturer we are obligated to research, develop and commercialize cutting edge technology and exciting new innovations into commercially available products whose benefits all consumers can enjoy.
Technology does not belong behind locked glass in a laboratory. It belongs in the hands of consumers. Our technical experience and unique method of approach accords us many advantages other researchers, manufactures and developers do not have because we are not constrained by the traditional notions of what is possible and what needs to be done.
There are numerous exciting advances in the field. Over last few years, we have carried out research and development in the: (1) Advanced electrode materials of Li-ion batteries and the resultant battery cells; (2) High-power, high-energy, high-safety Li-ion battery cells and packs for vehicle applications and energy storage applications; (3) Solid-state Li-ion batteries; and (4) other energy generation and storage devices/systems including capacitor, supercapacitor and fuel cells.
These are a selection of what you as a customer can expect to see in the upcoming years:
High-power, High-energy Li-ion Battery and Battery Packs
We are currently researching nanostructured electrode materials which would lead to the production of high-energy-density, long-service-life battery cells and not only as a stand-alone product but also as a basis for other more complex energy storage systems. The electrode materials used includes: (1) Cathode of LiMnFePO4 cathode and stabilized NCM materials; and (2) Anode of Si-based nanocomposites.
We have also developing a novel class of high-power, high-energy, and high-safety battery packs (in both 6T form and Group 31) for vehicles applications. This class of LiFePO4 based battery pack is equipped with proprietary thermal management and protection circuit module (PCM) and thus provides much enhanced safety, reliability and thermal stability.
Energy Storage Systems and Flexible Energy Devices
We have developed and commercialized Li-ion battery based renewable energy storage systems and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) which integrate renewable solar energy and energy storage system. The energy storage system can be used for micro-grids that combine local electricity generation, energy storage (e.g. LiFePO4 batteries), and electrical loads. The sources of power include fuel cells, wind, and solar. In the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado, our micro-grid will still remain functional to provide necessary power to its local service area.
Recently Bioenno Power has successfully developed and commercialized a novel class of a renewable powerpack (or portable energy storage system) that renewable energy (e.g. solar panels), Li-ion battery, and DC-AC inverter into a multi-functional portable/transportable power system that can provide a variable power output ranging from 0.5 KW to 10 kW.
We are also flexible nanomaterials-based electronic devices including energy harvest device (e.g. high-efficiency thermoelectric devices) and energy storage devices (e.g. Li-ion battery and supercapacitors)
Solid-state Li-ion Batteries and Li-S Batteries
Bioenno Power has also collaborated with Aegis Technology Inc. on the development of advanced electrolyte/electrode materials related to solid-state Li Batteries and Li-S cells. Currently Bioenno Power is developing Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) batteries as the next evolution of lithium batteries. Sulfur offers the highest theoretical capacity of ~1675 mAh/g, almost an order of magnitude higher than that of conventional insertion compound cathodes such as LFP cathodes, allowing Li-S batteries the potential to provide much higher energy density. In addition, several other benefits can be obtained based on sulfur based cathodes are low cost, and enhanced safety because of low operating voltages (~2.15V vs. Li/Li+) along with long cycle life and high efficiency. In addition, solid-state electrolytes moreover provide an impermeable electrolyte layer that has a lower risk of leaking and corrosion common in batteries. This type of battery would also provide improved electrochemical, mechanical and thermal stability.
Supercapacitor Devices and Hybrid Supercapacitor Battery System
We are currently conducting research and development on a new class of supercapacitor batteries based on nanostructured carbon electrode materials, which is expected to provide more than twice energy densities over these offered by the state-of-the-art product.
We are also developing a hybrid supercapacitor battery system that combines both a supercapacitor and a battery device (e.g. LiFePO4 battery). With hybrid combination, a significantly high discharge current can be achieved for delivery to pulse loads while at the same time extending battery life. Compared to a battery only system, a hybrid supercapacitor battery would allow for smaller batteries to be used in order to achieve the same energy output as larger units. With sufficient time between each pulse load, the battery will be able to charge the supercapacitor which would handle the high discharge current into a load. This allows the overall efficiency of the system to be improved, because the battery is not subject to the rate capacity effect.
High Energy Density, High-Temperature Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors
Bioenno Power has also collaborated with Aegis Technology Inc. on the development of a new generation of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) based on nanocomposite dielectric materials through a synthesizing process highly compatible with conventional ceramic technology. Our ongoing research into new and inexpensive high temperature stable, high energy density dielectric materials is expected to result in the creation of power capacitors. These devices can be used as a suitable replacement technology for those currently used in power conditioning and pulse power-based systems by providing enhanced performance at higher working temperatures (> 160 °C or more). Pure ceramic capacitors, in particular multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), have intrinsically high temperature capabilities. Recent progress in both dielectric materials and related processing allows for the production of the correct type of ceramics which previously have not been employed in large scale productions. This further enables the development and fabrication of high temperature and high energy density power capacitors in a cost-effective and scalable manner.
Fuel Cells and Hybrid Fuel Cell Systems
Bioenno Power has also collaborated with Aegis Technology Inc. is to develop a new class of Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, namely polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells (PEMFC), using nanoporous molybdenum phosphide as proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrocatalysts. We are also developing a novel class of hybrid energy storage system (ESS) composed of Li-ion batteries, and fuel cells (FCs) that can be a more appropriate option for advanced hybrid vehicular ESSs of HEVs and plug-in HEVs (PHEVs) and can be used for microgrids and other applications.