Dalhousie University & Jeff Dahn receive $6 million from Tesla & The Government of Canada to continue EV battery and grid energy storage research

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Tesla and The Government of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) have teamed up to award Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University with a $6,000,000 grant.

Tesla provided $3.1 million of the total funding, which will be used by Dr. Jeff Dahn and his team of researchers to further their work in developing advanced batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and grid energy storage.

“Faculty of Science researchers Jeff Dahn, Chongyin Yang and Michael Metzger are the recipients of $2.9 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and an additional $3.1 million from Tesla to help develop advanced batteries for electric vehicles and grid energy storage.”

The new funding comes with some specific targets, as noted in a press release by Dalhousie University earlier today.

  • Lowering the costs of batteries for electric vehicles and electrical energy storage applications
  • Increasing the lifetime of batteries for electric vehicles and electrical energy storage applications
  • Increasing the energy density of batteries for electric vehicles and electrical energy storage applications
  • Maintaining and improving the safety of batteries for electric vehicles and electrical energy storage applications
  • Increasing the content of sustainable materials in the batteries

Tesla and Dahn, through Dalhousie University, have had a long history together. The automaker signed their first research agreement with Dalhousie in 2015. Tesla is clearly happy with the results from Dahn and his team, recently extending the agreement to at least 2026.

Dahn commented on the new funding, saying it will go a long way to solving the last key barriers in improving battery longevity while at the same time reducing their cost.

“I am very grateful for this funding from NSERC and Tesla. This will allow Chongyin, Michael and I to solve many remaining puzzles that will help improve battery lifetime and lower cost. Tesla is a wonderful partner and a world leader in electric vehicle, solar and electrical energy storage products.  We share their commitment to help combat climate change through electrified transportation and renewable energy generation and storage.”

Tesla also commented on the grant, showing their continued trust in this small team of Canadian researchers.

“We are thrilled for our work with Dalhousie, Dr. Jeff Dahn, Dr. Chongyin Yang and Dr. Michael Metzger. We are excited and look forward to their important contributions in battery technology to help achieve our mission.”

Source: Dalhousie University

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