Extrusion Die Industries LLC (Booth N4561) has landed a $3.1 million contract from the U.S. government to develop a process to make low-cost electrolyte and cathode films for batteries.
Flat-die extrusion systems producer EDI will work on die and extrusion processes that can be scaled up to full production of films for high-energy rechargeable and disposable batteries for devices used by soldiers. The aim is to develop technologies that are ``safe, long-lasting and light enough to make use in the battlefield easier and more effective,'' said President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy Callahan.
EDI will construct a pilot plant at its Chippewa Falls, Wis., head office plant to develop the process. The contract stems from a federal appropriation for Army battery research and development secured by Rep. Dave Obey, whose district includes Chippewa Falls.