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NONCONSUMABLE | NONFLAMMABLE | NONCOMBUSTIBLE

HIGH ENERGY-DENSITY NANOELECTROFUEL

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Using perfectly suspended nanoparticles in a water-based fluid, Influit Energy has created high-performance liquid fuel battery systems that will become the new standard for large battery applications with the same performance as Li-ion systems at a lower cost.

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HOW INFLUIT DOES IT

Our breakthrough is creating a nanoelectrofuel that has low viscosity and won’t settle. Creating a nanofluid out of battery material is relatively straightforward. However, no one else has ever discovered how to make an energy-storing nanofluid that is both low viscosity (it actually flows) and that doesn’t settle (never agglomerating if left alone).

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THE PROBLEM WITH TRADITIONAL FLOW BATTERIES?

They aren’t as energy dense as solid batteries. Why? Because of specific gravity only so much battery material (ionic salts) can be dissolved in a liquid. Once this natural limit is reached, any additional energy storage salt will sit at the bottom of the battery undissolved and inaccessible to the battery system.

LONG-LASTING, NANOFLUIDS WITH THE VISCOSITY OF MOTOR OIL

Unlike other flow batteries, Influit does not dissolve anything. Rather we suspend battery nanoparticles in a base fluid. They never settle and are completely unsupported. Influit makes its particles so small that Brownian motion–the random motion of particles suspended in a liquid–is a dominant force counteracting gravity.

PROPRIETARY SURFACE MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES

Influit surface-modifies its nanoparticles to give them proprietary chemical and physical properties that prevent agglomeration and decrease viscosity. Van der Waal’s forces do not dominate the suspension because of these surface modifications.

Nanoelectrofuel's Foundational Design

NEF is not a new chemistry, but a new format or new way of storing and distributing electrical energy. We have drop-in replacement battery form factors (imagine a 6T size, but NEF inside) and we have a refueling/recharging unit to create a closed-loop, energy distribution ecosystem (the charged NEF is pumped into a vehicle while discharged NEF is pumped out to be recharged). Our systems are highly flexible and modular, and they are built to suit terrestrial, aerospace, and maritime applications based on these inputs: voltage, current, desired energy storage capacity, and available system space.

MOBILE PLATFORM

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Voltage is a function of size and number of cells in stack

Energy storage capacity is a function of nanoelectrofuel tank size

REFUELING APPARATUS

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Speed of refueling is a function of pump size

RECHARGING PLATFORM

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Voltage is a function of size and number of cells in stack

Energy storage capacity is a function of nanoelectrofuel tank size

Speed of recharge is a function of electrode size (surface area) and membrane

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Influit Energy is not building a battery. We are building a rechargeable electric fuel. We are building the energy extraction devices to extract energy from that fuel. And we are building the refinery to manufacture that fuel. All under one umbrella. We have secured over $12M in non-dilutive federal research grants and defense contracts to advance the basic science and transition our novel energy platform for both commercial and defense applications.

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WE ARE BUILDING BATTERIES TODAY

High energy-density flow batteries using nanoparticles are not theoretical. We’re working with them in the lab every day. Influit Energy does this with abundant, inexpensive materials. Instead of exotic rare earth minerals and dangerous heavy metals, Influit builds its batteries with simple, inexpensive materials widely available in the US.

 

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High energy density NEF flow batteries have massive advantages over traditional batteries.

  • Rapid refueling of low viscosity nanoelectrofuel; no range limitations

  • Decouples power from energy storage; flexibility and scalability or designs

  • Co-locating power and energy; no long cables, reduces EMI

  • Shape conformal energy storage

  • Thermal management by active electrolyte

  • No fire/explosion hazard; nonflammable, non-combustible

  • Separate processes for nanofluid/stack manufacturing

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LESS THAN 1/2 THE COST

The cost of raw materials in an Influit battery is about 1/2 the cost of the materials in a similar Lithium-ion battery.

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SUPERIOR SUPPLY CHAIN

No more Lithium pit mines in countries that don’t like the United States. Influit batteries will have the most environmentally friendly and secure battery supply chain in the world.

SAFER FOR USERS

Influit batteries don’t ignite when they encounter air or water. They are much, much safer, making them more suitable to aviation and military applications.

Influit's Cell/Stack Design is Extremely Flexible

  • Using a parametric design for our cells, we can automate the cell and stack design utilizing a number of different geometries that best suit the application

  • NEF systems are highly adaptive and work to utilize the available space in a platform. 

  • Separating energy storage from power allows for application to be optimized based both on the required voltage and power AND the desired energy storage capacity.

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