Gridtential Energy will partner with battery component manufacturers Hammond Group and Wirtz Manufacturing to develop, pilot and produce ready-made components and equipment for making bipolar lead batteries.
The companies aim to to simplify the production process for battery manufacturers and save the production cost of stacking and adding active materials by developing and producing the biplate inside Silicon Joule bipole batteries.
The biplates will be the first ready-made component for Silicon Joule batteries that replaces lead grids with silicon wafers to build lightweight, high-voltage batteries with existing production equipment.
CEO John Barton said the partnerships with Hammond and Wirtz would merge three production steps its partners would have to take into a single, ready-made product.
He said: “Our ready-made biplate solutions speed up the commercialisation timeline for many of our partners, and we are targeting 2023 or 2024 for commercial production launch.
“That timeline sounds a lot better to battery makers than some of the unproven, experimental technologies that are still a decade away from commercial production and very capital intensive.”