The editors of R&D Magazine have singled out Envia Systems of Hayward, California, and its research partner, the Argonne National Laboratory, for one of its prestigious 2009 R&D 100 awards as the result of their advances in the field of lithium-ion battery technology. The Envia/Argonne Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, which was developed for use in plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV), provides the highest specific energy and longest life cycle of any Li-ion automotive system currently on the market. In making the award, the judging panel from R&D Magazine noted that this key advance involves the use of a new lithium- and manganese-rich high-capacity material (NMC-HP) that is more stable than existing cathode material technology, able to provide more energy and also is more cost-effective than any of its competitors. Envia Systems is a recognized leader in the field of high-performance/low-cost energy Li-ion-based storage systems and already has patents on a number of cathode technologies. Operating under the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Argonne National Labs is one of the oldest, largest and most eminently successful of all such facilities.
In responding to the award, Dr. Khalil Amine, Senior Scientist and Manager of the Advanced Battery Technology Group at Argonne National Laboratory, noted that: "Electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry, yet batteries have lagged in performance causing costs to be prohibitively high. The partnership between Argonne and Envia has been very successful in developing industry leading technology for next generation vehicles that enable significant cost savings. We look forward to our continued collaboration."
Since 1963, R&D Magazine has been bestowing its "R&D 100 Award" annually on individuals or organizations that it feels have been responsible for the 100 most significant technological breakthroughs. Previous recipients of the honor include the automated teller machine, the halogen lamp, the fax machine, the Kodak Photo CD, the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch, and HDTV.