During a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at its facility in Silicon Valley, Lyten, the creator of the Lyten 3D Graphene decarbonization super-materials platform, has announced the launch of its Lithium-Sulfur battery pilot line, in response to the increasing and strong customer demand.
The Lithium-Sulfur pilot line will start to deliver commercial battery cells in 2023 to its customers in the sectors of defense, automotive, logistics, and satellite in order to serve their purposes of testing, qualification, and initial commercialization. However, the pilot line has also decided to limit the number of remaining battery cells to the capacity of 200,000 cells per year.
The pilot line is located within Lyten’s 145,000-square-foot Silicon Valley campus, which is also the storage for its 3D Graphene fab and other operations contributing to the development of additional 3D Graphene applications, including lightweight composites and enhanced sensing solutions for various industries, namely energy, and defense.
To meet various customer requirements, The Lithium-Sulfur cells will come in different forms and are expected to surpass the energy densities of conventional Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NMC) lithium-ion batteries.
Additionally, Lyten’s CEO, Dan Cook, stated that their intention was to deliver a higher energy density, lighter weight battery to support electrification and net-zero goals with a localized supply chain free of geopolitical risk.
Considered highly promising for electrifying various applications, Lyten’s Lithium-Sulfur battery chemistry is expected to cost 50 percent lower compared to other old-school lithium-ion chemistries.
The reduced cost makes the battery more viable for use in electric & heavy vehicles, aviation, construction equipment, and satellites. Moreover, the raw materials to make these batteries are widely available in North America.
Recently, the company has received investments from the Pentagon’s National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) investment group. They are also actively expanding 3D Graphene production capacity and have the plan to build its first Lithium-Sulfur cell gigafactory.