Tesla and NSERC team up to accelerate battery research at Dalhousie University in Canada - a new round of $6M funding

Ravi Kempaiah

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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. It is the largest Alliance Grant that Dalhousie University has ever received.



Michael Metzger and Chongyin Yang, pictured left and right respectively, joined Jeff Dahn's lab earlier this year.

For close to 40 years, Dr. Dahn, the NSERC/Tesla Industrial Research Chair and Canada Research Chair in Materials Science and Technology, has been at the forefront of research and innovation in battery technology. His work has contributed at a practical and fundamental level to the batteries that power our phones, computers, and electric vehicles. Dahn also received the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (2017) and the Order of Canada (2020).

The major goals of the funded project include:

• 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

Achieving all of these goals will make electric vehicles and renewable energy more accessible and more affordable to all Canadians while also continuing to make more influential contributions to the industry as a whole.

“I am very grateful for this funding from NSERC and Tesla,” says Dr. Dahn. “This will allow Chongyin, Michael, and I to solve many remaining puzzles that will help improve battery lifetime and lower cost. The students trained in this program are finding and will continue to find, immediate employment in the advanced battery sector locally and around the world. Tesla is a wonderful partner and a world leader in electric vehicle, solar, and electrical energy storage products. We share their commitment to helping combat climate change through electrified transportation and renewable energy generation and storage.”
Thank you very much.
The next 5 years will be challenging and rewarding in many ways. We are hoping to bring some of that tech to the E-bike world. Batteries that last a min of 5+ years or a min of 50,000 miles on an E-bike and cost less than what it costs now.
The Canadian Govt has long benefitted from investing in CleanTech and recognizing the value of research at Dalhousie University, this past week, NSERC approved another grant valuing at $1.6M to educate the next generation of researchers and students. If you live in Canada and want your daughter/son to be the leaders in CleanTech and innovate cutting-edge technologies, Dalhousie should be on your radar.

“Dalhousie University has long been recognized as an international leader in energy storage in the form of lithium-ion batteries and energy conversion in the form of organic and perovskite photovoltaics,” says Dr. Freund. “It has been exciting to join the growing group of researchers focusing on sustainable energy research and to bring together researchers in Science, Engineering, Management, and Social Sciences to create a program that will dramatically enhance the training of our graduate students.”