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Grant Allows Nexergy to Improve Batteries

Tue, 01/19/2010 - 10:04am

COLUMBUS, OHIO - January 11, 2010 - The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program recently announced plans to award $7.2 million to companies in the state to help commercialize new energy solutions.

Nexergy, Inc. (www.nexergy.com), a leading designer and manufacturer of battery packs and chargers, will participate in a grant awarded to GrafTech International Holdings, Inc. to develop graphite thermal management products to improve the performance, durability and safety of lithium ion batteries. Also collaborating in the research with GrafTech are Mobius Power and the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. Together, they were awarded a grant of $965,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program for the Development of Thermal Management Solutions for Lithium Ion Batteries.

Lithium ion batteries store more energy than conventional batteries for their weight and size. Because of their power density, they are considered crucial to the development of electric cars. Nexergy will design, build, and test prototype lithium ion battery packs using the GrafTech thermal management products.

"We are pleased to be a part of this important collaboration to advance the performance of lithium ion batteries," said Phil Glandon, Nexergy's President and CEO. "Customers need more powerful energy solutions that are not only safe and reliable but cost efficient too. We believe our experience in this area will greatly contribute to the next generation of power solutions."

About Nexergy: With more than 20 years of experience, Nexergy is a leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of battery packs and chargers that enable electronic products to be more dependable, smaller, lighter, and longer-running. Nexergy is based in Columbus, OH (USA), and operates additional design and assembly centers in Centennial, CO and Escondido, CA. Through its strong international partnerships, the company also manufactures product in the Asia/Pacific region. Nexergy is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For more information, please visit www.nexergy.com.

GrafTech International Holdings, Inc., located in the City of Parma (Cuyahoga County), in collaboration with Mobius Power, Nexergy, and the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University, was awarded $965,000 for its Development of Thermal Management Solutions for Lithium Ion Batteries project. GrafTech will develop and commercialize a portfolio of expanded natural graphite thermal management products that improve the performance, durability and safety of lithium ion batteries.

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