CHICAGO (July 14, 4:40 p.m. EDT) — Extrusion Die Industries LLC 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 to power 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 company announced at NPE 2003 in Chicago.
The contract stems from a federal appropriation for Army battery research and development secured by Rep. Dave Obey, whose district includes Chippewa Falls.