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Oxis blames COVID for having to suspend operations of its lithium-sulphur business

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:11 -- Vic

UK lithium-sulfur battery firm Oxis has ‘suspended operations’ including putting a halt on its $5 million ten-year contract with Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore.

The company cited COVID as a reason for the halt in production in operations, despite infection rates in the UK reaching a four-month low, and as the firm’s staff “gradually” returning to work.

However, the company told BEST it was continuing with operations at its Port Talbot, Wales, facility, which is due to start producing cathode and electrolyte to support the production of 500,000 lithium-sulfur cells this year. The Oxford-based firm's Minas Gerais Development Company Codemge project in Brazil "ought not be adversely affected".

Oxis said it is working with its board of directors on accessing short-term funding while it waits for investment funds— signed last year— to be received.

The company was unable to provide more information on its finances at this time. 

A statement to BEST read: “Due to the growing number of new COVID infections across the UK, Oxis board and management feel a responsibility to staff health-and-safety and continued business operations. 

“Following UK government guidelines in line with the UK National Lockdown, Oxis has decided to temporarily suspend operations until the COVID infection rates have reduced significantly according to the UK government. We shall operate with a skeletal number of staff to keep the essential functions running.”

An Oxis spokesman said: “Staff are gradually coming back to work. Oxis will be fully operational by April.

“Whilst work is continuing with the operation in Port Talbot, due to a skeletal staff, we felt that it was appropriate to temporarily halt the Yachts de Luxe project.“

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Oxis Energy sealing battery R&D partnership with Ceetak

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

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.

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Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:11 -- John Shepherd
Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

A “large-scale battery” research lab is being set up in Wales with the backing of key industry players.

The University of South Wales has been awarded GBP995,000 ($1.3 million) to invest in the project at its Power Systems Laboratory in Treforest.

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Lithium-sulphur industry urged to share research to advance technology

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:03 -- paul Crompton
Lithium-sulphur industry urged to share research to advance technology

The lithium-sulphur industry should unite and share research to advance the technology to the point where it can be commercialised.

The comments were made during the Oxis-organised Lithium-Sulphur Batteries: Mechanisms, Modelling and Materials event in London, UK last week.

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European Li-S project launched to usurp Li-ion

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:20 -- paul Crompton
European Li-S project launched to usurp Li-ion

A four-year project has been launched in a bid to develop lithium sulfur technology to 500Wh/kg with 2000 cycles by 2019.

UK lithium-sulfur firm OXIS Energy is one of 15 partners involved in the collaborative pan European ALISE project.

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Oxis Energy develops lightweight lithium sulphur prototype cell

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:33 -- Laura Varriale
Oxis li-ion sulphur batteries

Battery manufacturer Oxis Energy has developed a lightweight lithium sulphur prototype cell for power management company Lincad and the UK Ministry of Defence.

The prototype cell is the result of the third programme phase of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory research programme.  The cell provides a 60% increase over the capacity achievement in phase 2 in 2013 and increases the specific energy of a cell to just under 300Wh/kg, according to Oxis Energy.

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Oxis Energy to supply lithium sulphur batteries for marine applications in 2015

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:17 -- Editor
Oxis li-ion sulphur batteries

Britain’s Oxis Energy, in conjunction with compatriot MSP Technologies, is to market lithium sulphur battery packs for marine applications in spring 2015.

Launched as part of MSP Technologies’ Ghost-Power range of diesel/battery hybrid power systems for motor boats, Oxis Energy’s lithium sulphur packs will be scalable from 20 kWh to 50 kWh upwards. The battery will be designed for Lloyd's Register approval, which Oxis Energy claims will give safety assurance to customers while helping to lower insurance premiums.

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Polymer lithium-sulphur battery for commercialisation by OXIS and GP Batteries

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

OXIS Energy, UK, and GP Batteries, of Singapore, are embarking on a joint manufacturing project to make lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery systems on a commercial scale for use in defence, automotive and solar panel markets.

The joint venture is expected to accelerate the Li-S cells and battery system to a commercial scale, as made by OXIS and mass produced by GP Batteries. OXIS has been developing the Li-S batteries since 2004 for the broad electric vehicle market as well as aviation and defence applications.

"Lithium-sulphur polymer batteries could well be the long sought after technology which will correct many of the deficiencies and shortcomings of the present generation of lithium-ion batteries, such as safety", said GP Batteries Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Ng.

OXIS and GP Batteries are establishing a joint board to review the developments and improvements in the emerging technology for presentation to customers.

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