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Sidhu Laboratories technological advances are capable of improving present day energy storage solutions, thus leading to higher energy and power density, and more economical and safer cell designs.  For instance, electric vehicles can be configured to better optimize cargo space, resulting in cell designs capable of boosting battery performance.  Additionally, the wide operating temperature range and chemical inertness of our electrolytes makes it possible for Sidhu Laboratories to address a wide range of prospective applications, including: 
The current electric vehicle (EV) market utilizes the conventional 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery.  While this battery design has proven its effectiveness by providing the greatest energy needs at a minimal cost, safety concerns, such as high flammability, have prevented its further development.  Attempts to incorporate flame-retardant additives into the 18650 design have been attempted, however these materials are known to reduce battery performance.  Furthermore, these cells are based on liquid electrolytes, preventing the development of more advanced 18650 batteries with higher capacity.
Sidhu Laboratories is upgrading the current 18650 battery technology standard to a solid-state platform.  In addition, we are working to develop a sophisticated prismatic, pouch and bipolar batteries for the next-generation electric vehicle market.
Sidhu Laboratories is actively researching and developing the following:
  • Fully solid-state 18650 secondary lithium-ion batteries produced from cutting-edge manufacturing techniques
  • Fully solid-state prismatic and panel cells for vehicles demanding greater energy (i.e. buses, trucks)
  • Fully solid-state bipolar batteries and supercapacitors for high-power delivery systems
MARKET 02/                                                               PORTABLE ELECTRONICS
Applications include: smart phones, laptops, tablets, and battery packs 
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 46 battery incidents involving smoke, fire, extreme heat, or explosion involving lithium batteries or unknown battery types occurred in 2017.  This is a sharp increase from 2016 (31 cases) and 2015 (16 cases), indicating commercial airlines struggle to contain the ongoing hazardous conditions of lithium-ion batteries.  To further exacerbate the situation, battery manufacturers are under immense pressure to develop better performing batteries which can lead to battery design shortcuts that result to a potential battery failure and even explosion.
Sidhu Laboratories has recognized that solid-state based lithium-ion batteries are an attractive alternative when seeking safer batteries that pose no hazard when overheated.  Our polymer electrolyte technology does not combust nor outgas poisonous and combustible fumes, even at ultra-high temperatures.  Furthermore, our ability to scale our electrolyte makes solid-state pouch and flat cells facile to produce.
Sidhu Laboratories is actively researching and developing the following:
  • Solid-state small, medium, and large pouch and flat cells with room temperature operation
  • FAA compliant, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for backup energy sources 
  • Robust and mechanically strong battery designs (many battery incidents were initiated after the device was dropped and damaged prior to take-off)
MARKET 03/                                              HIGH TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS
Applications include: downhole drilling and guidance systems
The standard lithium-ion battery cannot exceed temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius due to outgassing of its low boiling and flash point solvents.  The industry leaders have developed high-temperature rechargeable lithium-ion cells by utilizing novel lithium-based salts.  However, these batteries specific capacities are highly sensitive to increased temperatures, and once exceeding 125 degrees Celsius, are no longer operational.  To further complicate the situation, batteries that operate in high temperature regimes often exhibit poor cyclability, with the maximum cycle count being less than 50.  Such properties lead to expensive battery replacements.
Sidhu Laboratories understands the need for energy storage solutions in the high-temperature range, and has addressed this issue by introducing the High Temperature (HT) Series.  The HT-Series includes rechargeable lithium-ion batteries capable of operating up to 200 degrees Celsius.  The revolutionary solid-state electrolyte design allows the battery to undergo cycle repeatability even at high temperatures, with cycle life exceeding 100 cycles.
Sidhu Laboratories is actively researching and developing the following:
  • Fully solid-state and rechargeable coin and cylindrical cells for high temperature applications (i.e. downhole drilling)
  • Batteries with customized operating temperature range and battery activation temperature
MARKET 04/                                                       MICRO GRID ENERGY STORAGE
Applications include:  underground storage reservoirs, smart grid systems, and solar battery banks
Lithium-ion technology has been proposed for grid energy storage applications.  One advantage of utilizing lithium-ion technology over vanadium flow technology is that it involves no moving components.  However, lithium-ion grid storage solutions are extremely costly, and construction of such large cells would require an immense amount of electrolyte.
Sidhu Laboratories is currently developing battery design strategies involving the drastic enlargement of battery components.  By employing more economical cathode and anode materials (e.g. lithium titanate (LTO)) and given the low-cost fabrication of our solid polymer electrolyte technology, large scale cells can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost currently proposed for conventional lithium-ion systems.
Sidhu Laboratories is actively researching and developing the following:
  • Uniform electrode slurry coating over large areas
  • Fabrication of extra-large polymer electrolytes without surface and intrinsic defects
  • Achieving an ideal energy-to-cost ratio by utilization of low-cost materials
MARKET 01/                                                                        ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Applications include: automobiles, buses, trucks, and aerospace
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