DOE Selects Planar Energy for Oak Ridge
National Laboratory Collaborative R&D Program
to Advance Next-Generation Battery Development
Initiative to further commercialization of new energy-storage technologies for electric vehicles
April 20, 2010 02:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time
ORLANDO, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Planar Energy, the developer of large-format, solid-state,
ceramic-like batteries at half the cost and triple the performance of lithium-ion batteries, is one of four companies
selected through a competitive-solicitation process to collaborate in a U.S. Department of Energy research-and-
development initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to address energy-storage challenges presented
by lithium-based batteries.
“This program allocates $400,000 to help advance the commercialization of our breakthrough solid-state battery
technology,” said Scott Faris, Planar Energy’s president and CEO, who said the company’s energy cells and
batteries “are substantially smaller, cheaper and safer, and can deliver more power than any existing rechargeable
chemical battery technology.”
Faris noted that last month University of Central Florida researchers independently confirmed that the company’s
new generation of solid-state electrolytes have ionic conductivity metrics comparable to liquid electrolytes used in
traditional chemical batteries, and that novel cathode and anode materials have been developed that work in
conjunction with Planar Energy’s electrolyte, further improving overall energy density.
“That fundamental materials breakthrough coupled with Planar Energy’s proprietary low-cost manufacturing process
will allow solid-state battery fabrication that will enable manufacturers to increase their capacity by 200-to-300
percent, while reducing costs more than 50 percent,” he said.
“Access to the tremendous talent and capabilities at ORNL will allow us to accelerate our technology- and product-
development roadmap, spurring the transition from chemical batteries to al