Analytical / R&D Laboratory Capabilities
American Energy Technologies Co. operates a fully functional laboratory facility located in Arlington Heights, IL. We possess an impressive array of equipment that complement our developmental and Q & A work.
For Lithium battery projects we operate top of the line Glove Box chamber filled with Argon atmosphere (MBraun, Inc). It ensures moisture level of < 0.1 ppm – some of the lowest level of contaminants for the industry we serve. At AETC we have multi-channel potentiostats / galvanostats. They are connected with the 1.25 cu.ft. Tenney Test Chamber, which allows to cycle batteries within the temperature range from -73°C to 200°C.
Cell and battery manufacture is done using high tech tooling, majority of which is designed and manufactured by AETC. We are able to assemble from scratch coin cells of CR2016, CR2450, CR2032, CR2325 sizes; Also, we can assemble certain chemistries in D, AA and AAA cylindrical cell configurations. For individual electrode studies we possess unique flooded design cells.
Noteworthy is AETC’s welding equipment, which includes spot and ultrasonic welders.
AETC’s powdered materials characterization equipment is abundant. On daily basis we use Scott volumeter, tap density (Autotap), scratch and tape adhesion testers, BET surface area (Monosorb, Quantachrome Instruments, Inc.), laser particle size analyzer (Microtrac S3500), Tyler Rotap sieve shakers, moisture, volatile, loss on ignition, etc. industry standard tests.
The wet lab of AETC has 10 types of high share and propeller-type mixers, a Brookfield viscosimeter, weight per gallon tester, draw-down and calendaring machines, etc. We have a reasonably good ultrasound probe, which breaks down aggregates dispersed in carrier liquid down to some 500 nm.
Mechanical properties of our materials are determined using tensile strength, puncture and laceration methods. Compacts and shapes are being manufactured in three of our hydraulic presses (Carver, Inc). We have a great variety of molds and dies to support our compaction work.
We have two digital optical microscopes, which allow visually analyzing properties and qualities of parts and powders at magnifications from 0 to 500 times.
In conduct of our developmental projects we often rely on our partners from academia. Some of them are proudly listed below:
- A.J. Drexel University of Philadelphia, PA,
- Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA,
- University of Illinois at Chicago,
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
- Clemson University, Clemson, SC,
- University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN,
- Kiev National University of Technologies & Design (Ukraine),
- Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL,
- Brookheaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY.