LionVolt wants to build cells for solid-state batteries in Scotland
The acquisition of the battery production site in Scotland provides LionVolt with important complementary skills for its next phase of growth. This is because the Eindhoven-based company has primarily focused on development in the Netherlands to date. LionVolt is working on a solid-state battery based on lithium metal, which is intended to be suitable for electric vehicles and aviation, among other things, and some of its components are to be manufactured using 3D technology.
The site in Scotland is now to be converted for the production of battery cells using LionVolt’s 3D technology. According to the startup, it is taking on “a highly qualified team with years of experience in the production of battery cells”. The aim is to bring the process to market maturity in Scotland.
“This is a very exciting step in our growth, and brings a complementary skill set that we currently do not have within LionVolt, along with providing us with a manufacturing capability that will be complementary to our pilot line facility at the BIC. The combination of these capabilities will allow us to accelerate the commercialization of our innovative products,” said Kevin Brundish, CEO of LionVolt.
The abbreviation BIC stands for the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven. LionVolt is currently setting up a pilot production line there to further develop its 3D-structured electrodes in parallel with the Scottish plans. The BIC pilot plant will make it possible to “step up its first production capacity in an ecosystem that supports LionVolt’s growth ambitions”, according to the Dutch company.
LionVolt completed a seed financing round of four million euros in 2021. No details are yet known about the battery technology. The aim is to bring safe, efficient next-generation batteries with high energy density and short charging times to the market, which also have a long service life, according to general statements.
Incidentally, the company did not start from scratch with its solid-state battery development: it was spun off from TNO in 2020 and can therefore “build on six years of research and development for its innovative battery concept”, as stated in an earlier press release. TNO is the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research.