EaglePicher Licenses OneD Material’s SiNANOde

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC has entered into a License Agreement and an Engineering Services Agreement with OneD Material, to set up a new EaglePicher production facility in Joplin to produce SiNANOde, a silicon-nanowire-based anode material for building lithium ion cells and batteries providing higher energy densities.

This new technology will be used in part with EaglePicher’s initiative to increase lithium ion cell production and expand the product portfolio for defense and aerospace applications.  The addition of SiNANOde raw material is a key component to significantly improving the performance of lithium ion cells and batteries for niche applications.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with OneD Material,” said Ron Nowlin, EaglePicher’s VP & GM of Aerospace Systems. “This agreement allows us to vertically integrate the manufacture of cutting edge, high energy anode raw material that has demonstrated cell performance in the range of 300Wh/kg.  By insourcing the raw material we can assure the supply stability that is needed for mission critical Defense and Aerospace applications.”

Under the Engineering Services Agreement, OneD Material has begun the transfer of its SiNANOde manufacturing process to enable EaglePicher to scale up production and incorporate the novel anode into new cells and batteries. The licensed process is enabling the world’s first production of silicon-nanowire material for electrochemical energy storage. EaglePicher also licensed OneD Material’s intellectual property portfolio, which includes approximately 300 patents and patent applications covering many nanomaterial and process inventions.

“We are thrilled to partner with EaglePicher, a company with deep expertise in applying its battery electrochemistry R&D expertise to meet the needs of the most demanding applications,” said Vincent Pluvinage, OneD Material’s CEO, who added: “Batteries are complex systems, and EaglePicher is the ideal company to take the lead in matching our anode technology with their own innovations and to bring the most advanced energy storage solutions to market”.