PNNL strikes licensing deal for fast-charging battery technology

Battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be made available to consumer through a licensing deal with Vorbeck Materials Corp.

Battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be made available to consumer through a licensing deal with Vorbeck Materials Corp. 

Battelle struck a deal to commercially license battery technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Vorbeck Materials Corp.

The battery technology holds the promise of reducing the time it takes to charge cell phones, electric vehicles and other devices that depend on batteries from hours to minutes.

Jessup, Md.-based Vorbeck, which partnered with the lab on the development of the technology along with Princeton University, will incorporate the graphene technology into lithium-ion batteries for use in a variety of applications including electric cars and laptops.

Financial details of the license were not disclosed.

"PNNL is a leader in linking research to real-world impact, so we are thrilled to see a company like Vorbeck bring our technology to U.S. consumers," said Cheryl Cejka, the lab's director of technology commercialization.

Prototypes of Vorbeck's battery technologies were on display earlier this month at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Battelle operates PNNL for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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