A partnership between a German research centre and a Canadian battery materials company hopes to develop the next-generation of lithium battery for electric vehicles.
Together the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and Hydro-Québec will research and develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air battery materials for transport applications.
A Memorandum of Understanding set out how the partnership will focus on inorganic solid electrolytes, especially glass-ceramic electrolytes.
Dr. Alfred Gossner, Stellenbosch University professor and executive vice-president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, said: “In joining forces with Hydro-Québec, we are increasing the pace in developing a next-generation solid-state battery with doubled energy density.
“The impact of this new technology could be enormous—especially for electric mobility applications.”
“Fraunhofer is one of Europe’s most prestigious research institutions, and Fraunhofer ISC in particular has an impressive track record in the field of battery materials,” said Karim Zaghib, Director – Energy Storage and Conservation at IREQ, Hydro-Québec’s research institute.
“Like Hydro-Québec, it invests in research projects that look to meet specific, concrete needs. We are confident in this partnership’s potential to contribute to extending electric vehicle battery range.”