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UK-based consortium established to develop prototype solid-state batteries

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 13:27 -- paul Crompton

A consortium of seven UK-based organisations has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop prototype solid-state batteries for automotive applications. 

The collaboration will combine industry and academia to produce cells using scalable manufacturing techniques that “leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere”. 

The consortium comprises of: Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, Oxford University, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and the University of Warwick (WMG).

The preliminary design for a prototyping facility has been developed. However, funding is still to be put in place. 

It’s hoped the facility will enable solid-state battery technology to be developed in UK university laboratories, and improve the manufacturing and testing of prototype batteries.

David Greenwood (pictured), professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems, and CEO of WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said: “Early forms of solid-state battery are already around us, but we have yet to see solutions which are both mass-manufacturable and meet the performance and cost targets for future transport applications. 

“There remains huge opportunity for innovation in this space, and this initiative will provide the route for the UK to fast-track candidate technologies to industrialisation.”

Christian Gunther, CEO, Battery Materials at Johnson Matthey, said: “The realisation of a prototype solid-state battery cell will be a great achievement for the UK battery industry, and this consortium will be a critical enabler for delivering this milestone. 

“Delivering enhanced range and safety over traditional lithium-ion battery technologies will be a key driver for battery electric vehicle adoption.” 

Solid-state batteries offer potential advantages over existing lithium-ion battery technologies, including the ability to hold more charge for a given volume and reduce costs of safety-management. 

The Faraday Institution forecasts that, in 2030, solid-state batteries could take a 7% share of the global consumer electronics battery market and a 4% share of the EV battery market.

However, there are fundamental scientific challenges that need to be addressed before they are fully commercialised, with the Faraday Institution’s SOLBAT project making progress to address these challenges over the last three years. 

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Johnson Matthey steps up to buy assets and IP of lithium-sulfur firm Oxis

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:18 -- paul Crompton
Oxis lithium-sulfur battery

Johnson Matthey has bought the intellectual property and assets of fellow UK firm and lithium-sulfur pioneer Oxis Energy.

As well as acquiring the assets and intellectual property of Oxis Energy, Johnson Matthey will also take up the lease at its premises at Culham Science Park, Oxford, UK.

The deal was finalised on 28 July, just over two months after the appointment of administrators.

A Johnson Matthey spokesperson told BEST the company was not disclosing the financial details of the acquisition at this time.

They added: “With moderate additional investment in upgrades, this transaction will significantly accelerate the scale-up of JM’s growing Green Hydrogen business.

“The physical assets of Oxis Energy serve multiple purposes: the physical assets at the Culham Science Park location allows JM’s Green Hydrogen business to develop, test, and produce catalyst coated membranes; battery testing equipment provides additional testing and quality control capability for Battery Materials product development

“The Intellectual property relating to lithium-sulfur battery technologies – a disruptive next generation battery materials technology – presents opportunities for JM’s Battery Materials business to advance its development of future battery materials technologies.”

The sale of the assets and intellectual property of Oxis Energy deal was secured by BDO business restructuring partners Simon Girling and Chris Marsden, with a team comprising of senior manager Douglas Cecil and senior executive Mike Griffiths. 

With premises in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and in South Wales, Oxis was a developer of lithium-sulfur batteries. 

Girling said: "We are pleased to have secured the sale of assets and intellectual property of OXIS Energy. With the help of TLT Solicitors, Gordon Brothers, Marsh and PHD Property, we were able to preserve the asset base in challenging conditions. This will enable a significant distribution to be made to creditors.”

Oxis announced it was on the brink of collapse in June after failing to secure the funding it needed to continue its research. 

 
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Cathode joint development agreement to supply lithium-ion battery market

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 08:22 -- paul Crompton
Cathode joint development agreement to supply lithium-ion battery market

Battery materials firm Nano One Materials Corp and Johnson Matthey have signed a joint development agreement to co-develop next generation cathode products.

The agreement will focus on developing materials, methods of production and a detailed commercialisation study for pre-pilot, pilot and scaled up manufacturing. 

Johnson Matthey will use Nano One's patented one-pot process and coated nanocrystal technology in its eLNO® portfolio of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials.

The one-pot process is designed to form a cathode material known as ‘coated single crystal’, which enables the materials to be made directly from metal powders and lithium carbonate. 

The agreement is the culmination of successful technical reviews and preliminary evaluations of both Nano One's high-nickel cathode materials and IP conducted over the past year.

The deal represents a significant milestone in the business relationship between both companies.

Christian Gunther, chief executive, battery materials at Johnson Matthey said the firms’ technology has the potential advantages in terms of product performance, sustainability and manufacturing cost.

Johnson Matthey aims to make 10,000 million tonnes per annum of its eLNO at a plant scheduled to open next year in Konin, Poland.

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UK scientists drive progress on lithium-air batteries

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:51 -- paul Crompton
UK scientists drive progress on lithium-air batteries

Researchers in the UK are making progress in the development of stable and practical electrolytes for lithium-oxygen batteries.

Scientists have characterised and developed electrolyte formulations that minimise side reactions within the lithium-oxygen (lithium-air) battery to enable improved longer cycle stability.

Work was led by the University of Liverpool’s Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy (SIRE) in partnership with Johnson Matthey, and Loughborough University.

The technology is in its infancy, but in theory could provide much greater energy storage than the conventional lithium-ion battery, say the team.

The research was published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

Lead author of the paper, Dr Alex Neale from SIRE, said the research demonstrated the reactivity of certain electrolyte components can be switched off by precise control of component ratios.

Dr Neale said: “The ability to precisely formulate the electrolyte using readily-available, low volatility components enabled us to specially tailor an electrolyte for the needs of metal-air battery technology that delivered greatly improved cycle stability and functionality.

“The outcomes from our study really show that by understanding the precise coordination environment of the lithium ion within our electrolytes, we can link this directly to achieving significant gains in electrolyte stability at the Li metal electrode interface and, consequently, enhancements in actual cell performance.”

The electrolytes provide new benchmark formulations to support ongoing investigations to understand and develop new, and practically viable, cathode architectures to reduce round-trip inefficiencies and further extend cycle lifetimes. 

The collaborative study was made possible by support from an Innovate UK grant.

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Johnson Matthey opens UK battery materials research centre

Wed, 05/26/2021 - 11:16 -- paul Crompton
Johnson Matthey opens UK battery materials research centre

Speciality chemicals firm Johnson Matthey has opened a state of the art Battery Technology Centre in the UK.

The centre will enable the firm to drive improvements in battery performance, and secure value chains as part of its strategic development in the commercialisation of its nickel-rich cathode materials called eLNO. 

The new Battery Technology Centre in Oxford boasts advanced material characterisation and diagnostic equipment that enable both engineering on an atomic level and evaluation under realistic conditions.

Johnston Matthey hopes the centre will help it accelerate the further development and customisation of its eLNO materials for electric vehicle applications. 

The company aims to ensure the production of eLNO will be carbon neutral by 2035 as it moves to net zero by 2040.

Robert MacLeod, the firm’s chief executive, said: “This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business.”

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UK consortium to make graphite-based anode for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:46 -- paul Crompton
UK consortium to make graphite-based anode for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

A consortium funded by the UK’s government will work toward developing a graphite-based anode to allow solid-state batteries to meet the performance demands required by electric vehicles.

The project will replace metallic lithium anodes in solid-state batteries with consortium partner Talga Technologies’, a subsidiary of Australian firm Talga Resources’, graphite carbon anode Talnode-E product.

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UK’s Johnson Matthey tight-lipped on site for post-Brexit battery tech plant

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:17 -- Xuan Zhong
UK’s Johnson Matthey tight-lipped on site for post-Brexit battery tech plant

UK-based speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) is set to launch commercial production of its “high energy” battery material technology by 2022— but is staying tight-lipped about which country will host the plant.

Investors have been told the enhanced lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) material plant, which will target batteries for the electric vehicles market, “will be located in Europe, in line with the development of its supply chain”.

 

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Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Johnson Matthey has sold its automotive battery systems business to US-based engines and gensets manufacturer Cummins— as part of plans to jointly develop “high-energy battery materials”.

JM’s UK-based business is one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery system suppliers with 50 employees.

 
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Johnson Matthey plans “substantial” investment for 2018

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:11 -- Xuan Zhong
Johnson Matthey plans “substantial” investment for 2018

UK-based speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) plans a “substantial” cash injection to boost battery tech manufacturing in 2018, CEO Robert MacLeod (pictured) has said.

MacLeod did not give details, but said: “Overall we’re on track with our plans and we’re planning a substantial capital investment next year in manufacturing capability.”

 

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Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:32 -- paul Crompton
Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Chemicals company Johnson Matthey is to license five patents as it looks to accelerate the adoption of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries.

The deal with US firm 3M will allow the UK firm to focus on providing a bigger portfolio of cathode materials for the automotive and high performance markets.

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