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.
A Ceetak spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing that while it had supplied machinery to Oxis previously, this was the first time the company had been involved in new technology R&D with Oxis and other partners in the project.
In 2018, Oxis announced it had secured a £3.7m capital boost from a Brazilian private equity fund to open a subsidiary and an R&D centre in the country as it eyed increasing demand for batteries in the electric heavy vehicles market.