21 Mar '14, 10pm

Sakti3's 'disruptive' solid state lithium battery tech inches closer

It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from Sakti3 , the Ann Arbor-based battery company that has been working on next-generation solid state lithium batteries for many years . Heck, even the company's website doesn't have any news that isn't a year old. Thankfully, our friend Jim Motavalli, who blogs for Car Talk , recently talked to Sakti3's Ann Marie Sastry on the eve of her company being named an affiliate of the US Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). In 2010, Sakti3 got $4.2 million from GM Ventures and Itochu and has garnered $30 million overall for the next-gen batteries, with the big difference being that these are printed on a thin film. Sastry told Motavalli that she expects the Sakti3 cells to be "half the cost of conventional li-ion, but with double the energy density and half the weight." Oh, and she says they'l...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/21/sakti3s-disruptive-s...

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