Lithium-sulfur cells maker Oxis Energy has teamed up with heat-sealing technology firm Ceetak for an R&D project under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge.
Oxis is leading the £7 million (US$9.1m) Lithium Sulfur Future Automotive (LiSFAB) development project— funded by Innovate UK— to develop a next generation battery cell and module that will have “the significantly improved power and cycle life required by larger automotive applications”.
Ceetak said it is working with Oxis on developing “a specific test station to evaluate the different technologies to achieve the most robust and suitable pouch sealing process” for future battery cell production.
The UK’s planned National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is set to start operations in 2020, BBB can reveal.
Dr Anna Wise, who heads up work on innovative battery developments for the government’s Innovate UK agency, said the facility would bring together the UK’s leading battery industry players and research institutions.
A hybrid Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system is being developed to respond to grid frequency events within one second.
The system – designed and developed in the UK by Highview Power Storage – has been awarded funding of GBP1.5 million ($1.9m) from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.