A new project, headed by battery experts Oxis Energy, is developing Lithium-Sulfur battery for the use in electric utility vehicles. The project, called LiSFAB, will mainly benefit trucks and bus technology.
LiSFAB stands for Lithium Sulfur Future Automotive Battery, as the project is focusing on the research behind and development of the batteries. The 7 million pound project is funded by the UK government, and the aspired outcome of the project will hopefully be Lithium-sulfur cells with an energy density of 400 Wh/kg and a practical lifespan.
The milestones of the project encompass four major aspects of the battery development: The cell performance, cell characteristics, manufacturing capabilities and the module development. To achieve these goals, Oxis is working together with partners including the University College London, William Blythe, Ceetak, BPE, Cranfield University, and Williams Advanced Engineering.
Oxis Energy themselves have specialized towards designing and developing the Li-S battery technology and holds 36 patents in the corresponding field. Chris Flowers, the LiSFAB project manager at Oxis said the following: “this project is of major importance to the UK’s development of next generation cells and modules for large electric vehicles. The Li-S technology that we are developing in this project will also be applicable to Oxis.” Plans to adapt the battery developments, if successful, will also include areas such as aerospace and energy storage.