CAMX Power LLC (CAMX) has signed a $1.7 million contract with the United States Space Force (USSF) to develop, fabricate and deliver, in 18 months, high energy, long-life, 18650 format batteries that are ultra-safe to meet stringent requirements and be capable of repeated zero-V discharge and survive BMS failures.
These batteries will use CAMX’s globally patented and already commercialized high-nickel cathode platform GEMX® as well as other company proprietary technologies. GEMX applications to currently popular chemistries have been developed and branded as gNMC, gNCA, gNMCA and gLNO. GEMX has been licensed by Johnson Matthey and Samsung SDI.
President and founder of CAMX, Dr. Kenan Sahin said, “This is an important milestone and culmination of the CAMX core business and technology model to mature technologies to economically implementable products, which in the case of CAMX’s high nickel cathode began more than a decade ago. In order to achieve that strategy, CAMX developed bench-top to pilot plant cathode synthesis coupled with advanced cell fabrication facilities. In this vertically integrated development environment coupled with exceptional staff, CAMX has pioneered the GEMX cathode platform which enhances all high nickel chemistries by placing metals where they have the greatest impact, improving performance and minimizing the use of Cobalt.”
Dr. Sahin further stated that it is a great privilege for CAMX to put its technologies for potential use by a leading edge agency, such as Space Force. With GEMX derived cathodes as the enabling core, CAMX has other contracts with US Government agencies at different stages to develop and fabricate various cell types for batteries that are zero-volt storable, high cycle-life, ultra-safe in use and in storage, fast charge/discharge all with minimal electronics.
Applications range from single small cells to multi cell packs with high power. Initial units are being field tested. All these projects reinforce and complement each other, thus reducing overall costs and achieving cross-fertilization and synergy.