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AMTE Power has secured a project potentially worth £1 million as part of the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.
The appropriately named Power Up project would see AMTE power develop a higher energy density variant of its Ultra High-Power (UHP) lithium-ion cell.
Imperial College London will also be supporting AMTE Power with research, while the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) will be helping with manufacturing.
AMTE Power will have access to gigascale manufacturing production capability and use the facility’s 300×100 pouch assembly line in the development of its high-performance cells.
“This upscaling project will mark a huge step in the right direction in creating next-generation batteries for electric vehicles in the UK,” says Steven Farmer, Head of Technology and Product Development at AMTE.
“Many customer applications require cells designed with high energy density and higher charge rates than are currently offered by other cell manufacturers. Partnering with the specialist research team at Imperial College London will enable us to build on the energy performance of our Ultra High-Power cell and produce a more resilient battery to support our future zero-emission society.”
The UHP cell design, developed by AMTE Power, has high energy density, excellent heat transfer capability using tab cooling, and prevents overheating during cycling and fast charging.
“Our national battery manufacturing facility is already beginning to scale up new cells and battery packs with client companies looking to set up manufacturing centres in the UK,” says Jeff Pratt, Managing Director of UKBIC.
“We are thrilled to be working on the Power Up project to help establish the feasibility of manufacturing AMTE Power’s Ultra High-Power Cells at volume. This is a great example of our ability to prove emergent battery products and real-world manufacturing scale-up on behalf of our clients.”
AMTE Power has been working on developing gigafactories from its Scotland base for some time, including its work on the Faraday Challenge. CEO Kevin Brundish told us last year:
“Our mission is to be a leader in providing alternative innovative battery cell products. To do this, our next real benchmark will be the successful completion of our Gigafactory – this will form the foundations of a niche vehicle network in the UK and is capable of effectively bringing the supply chain back home.”