BESSTECH LLC, a developer of components that improve lithium-ion battery performance and storage, has received a $250,000 investment from the Eastern New York Angels (ENYA) to accelerate commercialization of its technology and further build its workforce in New York State.
The investment by ENYA will enable BESSTECH to expand its manufacturing partnerships to further advance market introduction of its low-cost, high-performance silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion battery applications. These new capabilities will also allow BESSTECH to establish additional development programs with its customers to drive adoption and integration of its technology, which is exclusively licensed from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
And, the funding will assist BESSTECH in growing its staff, with up to 5 new positions, including a chief technology officer, engineer and technicians, to be filled.
“We are grateful to the Eastern New York Angels, and co-managers Joe Richardson and Dick Frederick, for providing this important financial support, which will play a critical role in jump-starting the introduction of BESSTECH’s innovative technology to the battery market,” said Fernando Gómez-Baquero, CEO of BESSTECH LLC. “These resources will enable us to accelerate commercialization and manufacturing of our lithium-ion battery technology, and continue to build our team, positioning us to capitalize on a rapidly expanding marketplace.”
BESSTECH’s anode technology can produce lighter lithium-ion batteries that charge faster – with charging rates as low as 6 minutes – have longer times between charging, and offer increased lifetimes of more than 1,000 cycles.
With the funding provided by ENYA, BESSTECH has now raised more than $1.3 million from public and private sources and is on track to reach its investment target for 2015.