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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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Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:23 -- John Shepherd
Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources said it is forming an international research team that will develop and test “new solid-state battery technologies”.

Blackstone said the team, including “strategic partners” from Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria, the UK and Switzerland, will form part of its €200 million batteries investment project— which includes plans to build a research centre in the German city of Erfurt.

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Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Battery makers will need to work as part of “innovative ecosystems” to successfully launch new technologies onto the market, according to a new report.

The report by consulting firm Arthur D Little said “no single company will be able to come out on top without the support of an intricate and dynamic innovation ecosystem made up of partners, start-ups and institutes”.

 

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VW ups Quantumscape investment for solid-state batteries

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:11 -- John Shepherd
VW ups Quantumscape investment for solid-state batteries

Volkswagen is investing $100 million to increase its stake in US battery start-up Quantumscape and “accelerate” commercialisation of innovative solid-state battery technology.

VW said the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will make it Quantumscape’s largest automotive shareholder and will give the car giant a seat on the board.

 

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Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Solid-state batteries are expected to be a “game changer” for the electric vehicle industry, according to a new report.

The batteries are set to open up “significant growth opportunities for future battery chemistries due to manufacturers’ claims of an energy density 2.5 times higher than lithium-ion batteries”, said market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

 

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Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

German automotive manufacturer Continental is staying silent on potential moves to further develop its battery systems business.

CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart told the company’s annual shareholders' meeting Continental’s entire organisational structure was under review while the firm “tested suitable scenarios”.

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Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

The venture capital unit of French oil and gas giant Total has reportedly acquired a stake in Massachusetts-based polymer tech firm Ionic Materials.

Total, which acquired French battery maker Saft in 2016, told Reuters: “We have decided to invest in Ionic Materials in order to keep a closer look on this technology which may represent one of the most promising path for the development of solid-state batteries.”

 

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Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:34 -- Xuan Zhong
Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

German auto-parts maker Bosch has confirmed it is dropping plans to manufacture battery cells and “disbanding” battery-related research as the result of “a lengthy economic assessment”.

Bosch said investing in the commercialisation of cell technologies itself— whether improved existing technologies or future ones— is “too risky” and it will instead focus on out-sourcing.

 

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Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

French battery firm Saft is teaming up with European companies for a seven-year programme to develop next generation batteries— “focusing on advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state technology”.

Saft, which is owned by French oil and gas giant Total, said German technology group Siemens and Belgium-based chemicals firm Solvay have already committed to join the R&D initiative that will “develop and industrialise” next generation batteries for “all markets” including electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 

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Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:01 -- John Shepherd
Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

New research into solid-state batteries has won a share of a GBP42 million ($59.8m) UK government grant to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology.

The research, to be conducted by an academia-industry partnership led by the University of Oxford, is one of four projects chosen for the funding through the Faraday Institution— launched last year as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy.

 

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