In April 2013 XG Sciences launched new graphene-based anode materials for Li-Ion batteries that has four times the capacity of conventional anodes. The new anode materials use the XG's xGnP graphene nanoplatelets to stabilize silicon particles in a nano-engineered composite structure. Today XG Sciences has been awarded $1 million in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for continued development of these lithium-ion battery materials.
XG Sciences says that their anode materials offer battery manufacturers opportunities to create batteries with much greater energy storage capacity without significantly increasing the battery size. The DOE funded a two-year program, during which XGS will lead a multifunctional research team that includes battery maker A123 Systems and the Georgia Institute of Technology, who will participate in prototype cell build, testing, and advanced characterization and analysis.