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Last updated November 12, 2015

Ionobell - Green, Sustainable Batteries

We are Ionobell, a battery company focused on developing cheap, eco-friendly, and high-performance batteries for electronics and EVs.

Ionobell - Green, Sustainable Batteries

We are Ionobell, a battery company focused on developing cheap, eco-friendly, and high-performance batteries for electronics and EVs.

$1,542
pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 12 2015 10:59 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 12, 2015

About

Hello, and welcome to our Kickstarter page!

We are Ionobell, a battery startup with scientists and engineers who are convinced that nature can inspire us and help bring about technology that can improve the way we use energy, specifically the way we power electronic devices. We are investigating lithium-ion batteries using alternative materials to what is used in today's batteries, such as cobalt-based cathodes and synthetic graphite anodes.

We studied the performance of mushroom-based anodes in lithium-ion batteries, and have found that they have unique properties which would have many advantages over graphite. We even published our findings in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. We don't want to stop there; there are plenty of natural systems that we want to take advantage of, while continuing to study fungi as battery materials. Our mission is simple: To minimize environmental impact, while continuing to power our lives.

Besides the mushroom technology, we have been investigating ways to recycle waste material into electrodes that will increase the charge life and cycle life of batteries, translating to longer lasting smart phones and electric vehicles (EVs) that can be driven over 300 miles after a single charge.

We are using the money from our backers to buy lab space and equipment to do larger-scale battery research, to develop pouch batteries that are thin, light and flexible, and to eventually test our pouch cells in working EV battery pack prototypes. If the EV market is going to expand, as expected, we want to make sure the most eco-friendly materials available are being used. We will consistently look to nature to do so.

Thank you for visiting our page- please help us on this journey to ramp up Ionobell in the initial stages! Let's make our batteries GREENER!

Link to mushroom battery publication:

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14575

#mushroombattery

Risks and challenges

A few of the bigger obstacles in setting up the labs for Ionobell are:

1) Optimization of battery materials (this always comes with battery research; it can simply take time to gather data on batteries since they need to be charged and discharged several times).

2) Scaling battery materials (once sufficient data has been gathered from coin cells, moving to pouch cells is no trivial task, and will take some time until the pouch is perfected).

3) Developing an EV battery pack prototype (this will likely come later down the road, when Ionobell can form a specific team to develop this for demonstration in an real electric vehicle).

The above three obstacles can and will be overcome, since we are experienced engineers with years of research and lab experience. We also know what it takes to make dreams come true- working hard, day and night, until the project is done. We look forward to celebrating our successes along the way with our backers.

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