X-BATT’s approach involves the use of polymer-derived ceramic (PDC) composite materials.

OVIEDO, Fla.—Coffee has helped power people for years. Now, coffee and other bio-based resources may help power lithium-ion batteries, thanks to technology from advanced materials pioneer X-BATT®.

X-BATT reported that it achieved a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery technology with its introduction of innovative composite anode materials that incorporate renewable, bio-derived materials. “This cutting-edge research sets a new standard for sustainable and efficient energy storage applications,” the company said in a release.

X-BATT’s research targets the pressing need for alternative anode materials in the face of skyrocketing demand for lithium-ion batteries. By leveraging agricultural waste products as a low-cost carbon source, X-BATT aims to address the critical mineral shortage threatening the electrification movement by replacing or supplementing graphite with abundant, renewable resources. Its approach promotes carbon sequestration, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and fosters sustainable economic growth, according to the release.

X-BATT’s approach involves the use of polymer derived ceramic (PDC) composite materials. Through patented materials synthesis processes, the company said it has demonstrated the ability to incorporate various bio-based carbon sources into high-energy dense anode materials. This technology reportedly has shown promising results in initial screenings and is said to offer a viable pathway to create sustainable, high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

According to X-BATT, its research underscores the potential of bio-based resources (such as wood, bamboo, corn husk, rice husk, and even spent coffee grounds) in producing anode materials that exhibit higher reversible specific capacity and better rate capability than traditional graphite. This not only reduces dependence on foreign sources for critical materials but also leverages agricultural waste, presenting a circular economy model for using low-value waste materials in high-value applications, the company said.

“Our proposed technology represents a leap forward in the quest for sustainable energy solutions,” said X-BATT CEO Bill Easter, in the release. “By harnessing the power of bio-derived materials, we’re not just innovating for the sake of progress; we’re addressing global challenges of resource scarcity, environmental impact, and energy security. Our work paves the way for a future where batteries are not only more efficient but also more aligned with the principles of sustainability and renewable energy.”

As X-BATT moves into the next phases of research and development, the company is committed to collaborating with government national labs, private and public companies, and universities. Its goal is to further develop, test, and eventually commercialize this technology, with the potential to significantly impact the global energy storage market, the company said.