Dr Qichao Hu PhD, CEO
Apr 28, 2015.
Today's first generation Li-ion batteries use graphite anodes offering an energy density of less than 600 Wh/L, while emerging second generation batteries with silicon-based anodes can reach 800 Wh/L. In contrast, SolidEnergy's "anode-less" batteries consisting of an ultra-thin metal anode and a safe and high efficiency electrolyte have demonstrated more than 1200 Wh/L in volumetric energy density at room temperature validated by A123 Systems LLC.
Speaker Biography (Qichao Hu)
Received his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard and BS in Physics from MIT. Started SolidEnergy during his postdoctoral work at MIT. Raised almost $20M in two rounds of equity financing from some of the world's largest strategic investors; formed joint development agreements with leading equipment and materials suppliers, battery manufacturers, consumer electronics and auto OEMs; built a team of world class scientists and engineers; led the product development effort to demonstrate 2X in energy density in real 2Ah cells in less than 2 years, unprecedented in the industry; and spearheaded the design and construction of a brand new state-of-the-art pilot facility.
Company Profile (SolidEnergy Systems)
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SolidEnergy revolutionized portable energy storage with the introduction of the "anode-free" lithium metal battery in 2014. SolidEnergy's two material platforms, dual-layer electrolyte and ultra-thin lithium metal anode, provide transformational energy density and safety across all rechargeable lithium batteries and can be seamlessly integrated into existing Li-ion manufacturing capability. The final applications include drones, watches & wearables, smart phones, and electric cars. SolidEnergy was founded in 2012 during the turmoil of the lithium battery industry meltdown. Its mission is to power people's lives, whether they are communicating with loved ones on a phone or driving with family in an electric car.