Sidhu Laboratories is pursuing various differentiating technology initiatives toward the development and commercialization of advanced, high-performance lithium-ion batteries. In combination, these initiatives we believe will allow us to enter a range of new energy storage markets and applications. Additionally, our solid-state polymer electrolyte technology unlocks greater battery potential by offering new electrode materials which will provide longer lasting, higher voltage batteries.
INITIATIVE 01/ ECONOMICAL FABRICATION AND SCALABILITY POTENTIAL
Sidhu Laboratories’ capability to synthesize high-performance polymer electrolytes at a fraction of the cost of its inorganic and organic counterparts enables our batteries to be scaled efficiently in production. In addition, because of our electrolyte's solid-state nature, liquid leakage is not a concern. In order to meet greater applications, our cells can move outside lab-sized cells (i.e. coin) and have the capability to be manufactured into pouch, cylindrical, and even panel based all solid-state cells. This aspect differentiates us from our competitors as the production of medium and large-sized solid-state batteries presents a range of technical challenges.
Because of their lack of volatility and potentially explosive materials, Sidhu Lab's batteries are capable of exhibiting significantly high temperatures (up to 200 degrees Celsius) without degradation and failure. Specialized battery designs can be implemented to meet certain temperature ranges. Furthermore, our high-temperature batteries are designed to be rechargeable and deliver constant current over repeated cycles.
INITIATIVE 02/ HIGH TEMPERATURE COMPATIBILITY
INITIATIVE 03/ HIGH POWER DELIVERY THROUGH INNOVATIVE MATERIALS
An issue with many current lithium-ion batteries is their tendency to undergo significant drops in specific capacity at high C-rates. This is a critical issue for applications that demand power delivery yet require sustainable stored energy in order to operate. Fortunately, Sidhu Laboratories has the ability to design batteries capable of retaining high capacity while undergoing demanding power needs. By altering the traditional battery design to be more “capacitor-like”, greater applications in energy storage can be met.
INITIATIVE 04/ IMPROVED ADHESION TO METALLIC SUBSTRATES
Sidhu Laboratories polymer electrolytes exhibit excellent adhesion to metallic substrates (e.g. current collectors). Because of this, the effect of ionic conduction and polymeric binding agents can be coupled, removing any inert and inactive components. This results in batteries which are more energy-dense and have better cyclability performance. Furthermore, the high ionic conductivity of our polymer electrolytes ensures greater cathode and anode loading per cell.
INITIATIVE 05/ HIGH CAPACITY & VOLTAGE - ELECTRODE MATERIALS
A major drawback of currently utilized liquid electrolyte batteries is their corrosiveness. Because of this limitation, many next-generation electrode materials, such as ultra-high capacity (i.e. sulfur, silicon, lithium metal) and high voltage (lithium nickel manganese oxide (LNMO)) materials are strictly prohibited. Sidhu Laboratories in contrast offers polymer electrolytes that are chemically inert and stable with the previously mentioned materials. In addition, with the large electrochemical window of our solid-state electrolytes, cells up to 5-volts can be addressed.
Though solid polymer electrolytes have a number of significant advantages, considerable technical challenges have prevented their full-scale commercialization in the energy storage market. Sidhu Laboratories is targeting these obstacles and pursuing solutions in order to offer improved alternatives to the solid-state energy storage market. The following initiatives have been targeted by Sidhu Laboratories to address key issues that have hindered solid-state battery market adoption.
INITIATIVE 06/ SOLID ELECTROLYTE PERFORMANCE AT LOW TEMPERATURES
A major issue confronting polymer electrolytic performance is the ability to retain sufficient ionic conduction at low temperatures. As temperatures fall well below room temperature, polymeric materials have the tendency to crystallize, which drastically reduces electrolyte performance. Another disadvantage polymer electrolytes face at low temperatures is their mechanical properties, as polymeric materials become brittle and can potentially crack. Batteries based on liquid electrolytes suffer from poor electrochemical performance at low temperatures which presents a major technical barrier to their application. Sidhu Laboratories is developing new materials to overcome the caveats of low temperature environments and these will be incorporated into a variety of future solid state battery solutions.
INITIATIVE 07/ RELIABLE & STABLE ORGANIC ELECTRODE MATERIALS
Although a relatively undeveloped field, organic electrode materials have begun to attract wide attention as electrochemical energy storage devices due to their flexibility, low weight, non-toxicity to the environment, and low cost. However, organic electrode materials continue to face challenges that prevent their large-scale commercialization. One major drawback is their chemical instability to liquid electrolytes. However, by utilizing our solid polymer electrolyte technology, this limitation we believe can be addressed in many portable energy storage applications. Sidhu Laboratories is perfecting the utilization of organic electrodes in lithium-ion batteries in as part of its vision to provide a fully integrated next gen solid state battery storage solution to the mass market.