Advanced Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Term:
01/01/2014 - 01/14/2017

Technology Description:

Ceramatec is developing new batteries that make use of a non-porous, high ion conductivity ceramic membrane employing a lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery chemistry. Porous separators found in today’s batteries contain liquids that negatively impact cycle life. To address this, Ceramatec’s battery includes a ceramic membrane to help to hold charge while not in use. This new design would also provide load bearing capability, improved mechanical integrity, and extend battery life. Ceramatec will build and demonstrate its innovative, low-cost, non-porous membrane in a prototype Li-S battery with a smaller size and higher storage capacity than conventional batteries. This battery pack could offer high energy density—greater than 300 Watt hours per kilogram—at a price of approximately $125-150/kWh.

Potential Impact:

If successful, Ceramatec’s unique battery design would significantly improve the cycle life, energy density, and cost-effectiveness of rechargeable Li-S batteries.


The mass adoption of EVs would diminish the demand for petroleum, dramatically reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


Greater use of EVs would reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, 28% of which come from the transportation sector.


Technological advancements from the RANGE program could enable EVs to travel significantly further on a single charge at a much lower cost than that of current EVs and conventional vehicles.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Paul Albertus
Project Contact:
Dr. Feng Zhao
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