It has not been a quiet year for Indianapolis-based EnerDel, the li-ion battery subsidiary of Ener1. Senator Evan Bayh spoke at the commissioning of EnerDel's li-ion battery plant in May. Back in March, Ener1 discussed its "$480 million in 10 year financing to expand the first large scale lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in the United States for automotive and stationary power." And, of course, there was the Th!nk thing.
This week, EnerDel can add another bit of good news to its announcement list. The company was awarded $3.3 million form the Department of Energy to work on improving the safety of advanced automotive batteries. Specifically, the goal is "to eliminate overcharging in lithium-ion cells." EnerDel will work with the Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago on the project, which looks to refine the base chemistry of the lithium cells so that excess energy is simply sent through the cell instead of into it.
Unlike yesterday's AVTMP announcements, the money for EnerDel comes from the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Program. Ener1 has also applied for AVTMP and Advanced Battery Manufacturing Initiative monies.