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Nanotechnology for Advanced Battery Energy Storage Systems

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Nano-Edison (Nanotechnology for Advanced Battery Energy Storage Systems)

Berichtszeitraum: 2020-10-01 bis 2021-09-30

We have plenty of ways to generate renewable energy but we have a problem storing it efficiently.
We need batteries that last longer, do not deplete the planet of raw materials and are safe for the humans using them. Nanom is building unique battery materials using advanced nanotechnology. Think of being able to capture all the energy generated from wind turbines or solar cells and reinject electricity to create stable power grids to meet peak demands – with minimal environmental impact.

Our breakthrough materials are unique nano structures that enable longer lasting batteries without changing anything in the manufacturing flow of how batteries are made.
Nanotechnology can greatly increase the size and surface of batteries´ electrodes creating more efficient energy storage through material innovation & provide a path to clean, affordable, and renewable energy sources that really do their job.

Nanotechnology has been widely praised and validated in the lab but the technology has remained stuck in the laboratory instead of in the products that power our homes and cities due to roadblocks in getting access to high quality nanoparticles in commercial quantities. The critical barrier to the full potential of nanotechnology has always been the inability to economically manufacture nanoparticles in sufficient quantities. Our method allows for mass production of nanoparticles in a scalable and cost effective way while fitting into existing manufacturing methods. By replacing key materials with our nano enhanced materials we give our customers a competitive advantage.
Nanom has created a nano enhanced version of an existing Iron-Nickel battery called the Edison battery enhanced by nanomaterials, with an upgraded design to meet the demands of tomorrow. The Nano Edison battery maintaining its unique advantages of Nickel-Iron Edison (robustness, durability, and safety attributes) while fixing the downsides (manufacturing costs, low efficiency, high size and excessive weight). Resulting in a safe, affordable and sustainable battery. By using nanomaterials, we have upgraded the conventional design of the Nickel-Iron Edison battery (patented in 1901), maintaining its unique advantages (robustness, durability and safety attributes) and overcoming its well-known disadvantages for renewable energies (RE) applications (manufacturing costs, low efficiency, high size and excessive weight). The disruptive design of the Nano-Edison Battery employs breakthrough materials composing of Fe and Ni nanoparticles supported over a carbon fibre material, instead of traditional solid Fe and Ni electrodes.
First two working packages, WP1 and WP2, aimed to further develop the Edison battery to improve specific energy density, specific power and reduce costs. The Project will then develop commercial prototypes (WP3) to be to target battery manufacturers for dissemination and commercial exploitation with our Nano Edison battery technology and our breakthrough nanoparticles.

There will then be targeted activities for dissemination and exploitation of the Nano Edison, to take the product to international customers including partnership agreements, Communication and Dissemination, and Exploitation Plan and ensuring Freedom to Operation and Intellectual Property Strategy.
WP1 Optimization of cell´s design
Optimise the performance of the Nano-Edison cell´s components by improving the compositions and the production procedures of nanoparticles, electrodes and electrolyte.
The approach on this project is to take carbon fiber as a current collector in order to replace the heavy metallic current collectors and to decrease the overall mass of the electrode and consequently of the battery even further. The project achieved promising results for both electrodes by this method.

WP2 Optimisation of battery´s design
The project redesign using modular approach to improve energy density, reduce cost and improve saleability and arrangements of the battery cells. The results using 3D Printing technology included a design of a single cell battery together with the housing and connections for robust and low-cost modular system. The ability to connect batteries in any combination of series and parallel is a key feature of improving the energy density and low-cost performance of the battery system.

Nanom developed a purpose built Battery Management System to control the system. The system was designed to measure the voltages of each single cell battery in the stack. Since it is very important for every application using stacks that all single cells have exactly the same voltage, the described battery management system equilibrates these voltages by taking the charge of the batteries with higher voltages and giving it to the batteries with lower voltages.

WP4 - Dissemination & exploitation:
Branding & promotion
Articles in over 15 publications.
Battery manufacturers engagement
Social media
Press releases
Website updates – new website analysis, programming, SEO and publishing
Promotional Video
Energy storage associations & events
Conferences, tradeshows and fairs
Developed Exploitation plan using advisors, investor network and in-house expertise
Funding strategy – We raised equity funding early this year from investors like Village Global (Bill Gates backed) and Venture Studio. We also cultivated a network of 20+ investors in preparation for future funding rounds.
Continue optimisation of electrodes and electrolyte to improve, and incorporate them into the re-designed cell and Battery management system (WP1 and WP2).

WP3 – Testing and Validation
Use testing results to validate the robustness of Nano-Edison design from technical and operational points of view. This is especially important for the BESS market where solutions are required to run for more than 15 years. Incorporating results form the WP1 and WP2, work will include: Definition of operational test conditions; Assembly of a multi-cell prototype; Full-scale pre-commercial prototypes development; and Prototype testing and final results.

WP4 Dissemination and Exploitation
Continue preparation for the introduction of Nano-Edison energy storage & breakthrough materials on the market for implementation of exploitation actions for its upcoming commercialization. Execution of an effective dissemination strategy and communication measures to maximize awareness of potential end-users.
Website - Further updates - new pages created taking into account partner feedback & product evolvement.
Press releases sent out to celebrate key milestones including new materials and new cell designs.
Commercial video shown to partners and media – Segmented videos used for different partners to promote the company.
Amazon episode feature -secured interview by CTO of Amazon Werner Vogels with Nanom for “Now Go Build”, scheduled for late October.

Associations & events We will continue to attend events throughout this year and next.
Conferences & tradeshows – We will continue to attend conferences and tradeshows.

FTO & IP Protection -
We will ensure Freedom to Operate via protecting any new technology developments with provisional patents, and filing Non-provisional patents for the final cell designs.
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