October 11, 2012
By: Will Soutter
Battery Energy Storage Systems Technologies (B.E.S.S. Technologies)
is a spin-out company from the College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany, focused on
commercializing novel energy storage technologies. In this Insights from
Industry interview, co-founder and CEO Dr Fernando Gomez-Baquero talks
to Will Soutter about their technology and processes, and about their
partnership with the CNSE.
WS: Could you give us an overview of B.E.S.S. Technologies and the field you are working in?
B.E.S.S. Technologies is a component design and engineering venture.
Our mission is to improve the battery systems of assemblers and
manufacturers of batteries, providing them with high-performing
component designs. Currently we are developing an anode solution for
assemblers and manufacturers of lithium ion batteries.
WS: What benefits does your technology offer over existing energy storage systems?
FGB: Our product is a novel anode for lithium ion batteries that offers the following benefits:
Higher power delivery: our anode technology has a hyperbranched
nanostructure that can increase surface area by 2 orders of magnitude
when compared to traditional graphites or other nano-silicon anodes.
Increased surface area allows the material to deliver higher power
densities, in this case without losing the energy storage capacity.
Faster charging rates: current anodes are usually operated at low
charging rates to prevent damages to the material. Our nanostructure and
our unique chemical composition work together to withstand fast
charging rates. We have successfully tested our anode at charging rates
5-10 times faster (5C-10C) than what is usually recommended for anodes