Evan Erickson on Energy Tech Startups

Nada Ahmed

Jason Ethier

Dr. Evan M. Erickson is the CEO of TexPower, a company commercializing cobalt-free lithium-ion battery technology that is higher in energy than other technologies without sacrifices to safety, cycle life, or compatibility with existing technologies. Evan has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working first in fuel cells, then transitioning to lithium-ion battery technology in a postdoc at Bar-Ilan University in Israel & later at the University of Texas at Austin, working for Prof. Arumugam Manthiram. Prof. Manthiram is world-renowned in the battery space, even giving the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry lecture for the invention of lithium-ion batteries for his long-time colleague Prof. John Goodenough.

Evan Explores:

  • Why having cobalt-free batteries (and cathodes) is hard and important – 0:45
  • How SBIR grant funding programs enabled TexPower to spin out of UT – 2:21
  • Why there are only a few places in the world that can develop significant innovation in Cathode Materials – 7:45
  • How the founders of TexPower managed technical, market, and funding risk to launch the company – 9:19
  • How technical mastery allows for tuning the cathode materials to optimize for safety and performance – 11:48
  • Why starting a business while raising a 3-year is hard, but doable with the right partners – 18:03
  • How the University of Houston’s Techbridge helped TexPower accelerate its chemistry development – 21:06
  • How the IRA will affect battery technology deployment in the US – 24:18
  • The challenges facing public transit electrification – 30:30
  • How winter freeze Uri in 2021 threw a wrench into Evan’s best grant writing plans – 35:48
  • Why innovators just go for it – 41:48

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