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A Startup’s Technology Can Help Solve Lithium-Ion Batteries’ Fire Problem

Michelle Ma writes in Bloomberg about a new technology that can reduce fires in lithium-ion batteries.

The C3 Take
  • Athro Energy is hoping to lower the fire risk of lithium-ion batteries with a polymer electrolyte that it says can make batteries safer and more energy-dense.
  • Most lithium-ion batteries use a liquid electrolyte, which can be an issue if a battery overheats.
  • Anthro’s polymer is a drop in solution and would not require battery manufacturers to make changes to their process.
  • The company has raised over $20 million in Series A funding and has a customer base that includes the Department of Defense.

“San Jose, California-based Anthro’s differentiator is that its electrolyte is a drop-in technology that wouldn’t require battery manufacturers to make any changes to their process, according to Mackanic. Despite these advantages, the startup’s current electrolyte production costs are about twice that of producing conventional liquid electrolytes, due in part to the cost of its materials. He expects to be able to get that down to a 10% to 20% premium at commercial scale.”

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