A Lithium Ion Cell for the EMU Battery 1999-01-1389
Yardney Technical Products is developing a high energy density Li-ion cell tailored for NASA's Extravehicular Mobility Unit battery. The goal of the program is to develop a Li-ion technology which offers long storage and cycle life in a system which provides energy density and exercise performance comparable to the current 6.7kg Zn-AgO battery. The Zinc-Silver Oxide cells which are most commonly used in this application provide 400 Wh/l with a 32 cycle life at 26.6Ah and 1.55V with a rated wet life of 425 days. To improve the energy density of the Li-ion cells we have focused on improving the energy density of its components. In addition to using thin metal foil current collectors, the energy density of the cathode material was improved by utilizing a high capacity Co doped nickel oxide material. Further efforts have focused on developing a more energy dense carbonaceous anode material. The results of this effort are reviewed.