Advanced Cells for Transportation via Integrated Vehicle Energy (ACTIVE)

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Advanced Cells for Transportation via Integrated Vehicle Energy (ACTIVE) An ACTIVE Program to Revolutionalize EV Adoption - Advanced Cells for Transportation via Integrated Vehicle Energy (ACTIVE) SUMMARY FOR PUBLIC RELEASE Applicant: Arizona State University Application Control Number: 0869-1556 Full Application Title: An ACTIVE Program to Gamechange EV Adoption - Advanced Cells for Transportation via Integrated Vehicle Energy (ACTIVE) Instructions: In the space provided below, please provide a one-page, non-technical summary of your proposal. Please include a graphic depiction of the proposed technology (4 x 5 max.) and a brief explanation of how your project fits within the mission of ARPA-E. Please upload the summary nto ARPA-E eXCHANGE ( in PDF format. ASU is developing Advanced Cells for Transportation via Integrated Vehicle Energy (ACTIVE) which constitutes a transformational approach to motive energy storage in electrified vehicles, enabling a paradigm shift in the cost, safety, weight and manufacturability. Since the first piles built by Alessandro Volta in the year 1800, batteries have been truly cellular in nature. The volatility and packaging-driven compartmentalization of electrochemical energy storage has resulted in batteries as components incorporated within the devices that they power. The intrinsic non-reactivity and formability of the ACTIVE systems means that those historical design constraints are broken and that the storage is the vehicle. We have innovated an energy storage system that is inherently EV integrated and which will dramatically impact EV design strategy and cost. Whether incorporated as structural elements, body panels or interior assemblies the technology will enable active storage where previously there were only passive components. ACTIVE systems could transform the way the world thinks of batteries and in effect, it will revolutionize battery-operated device design, which has always been constrained by battery geometry and safety. In addition to intrinsic EV integration, the proposed energy storage systems are inherently safe. ACTIVE chemistries are devoid of highvoltage redox couples, flammables and volatiles. This translates to elimination of the conventional protection and control overhead requisite in current EVs. Furthermore, the stored energy is distributed across the EV, which means abuse, deformation or shorting in one zone does not translate to full catastrophic failure. The ACTIVE system directly responds to the entirety of the RANGE FOA. Our uniquely qualified team is made up of electrochemists, chemists, materials scientists and battery experts. We have combined our technical horsepower with a world-class Manufacturing Advisory Panel that will guide our technical work towards highly scalable and capital-light manufacturing methodologies with a focus on advancing US manufacturing competitiveness. And importantly, we have partnered with a major EV manufacturer for the demonstration of the ACTIVE system. ACTIVE success holds the promise that the materials that make up vehicular components are the energy storage that powers those vehicles.
Effective start/end date11/25/1312/31/15


  • DOE: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): $1,999,999.00


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