Fraunhofer working on fuel cell virtual technology kit
In Germany, the Fraunhofer Institutes IWU and IPT have started the development of a “virtual technology kit” for fuel cells. The intention is to provide users and interested parties with an overview of existing systems and technologies and to enable them to identify the appropriate production process according to their own needs.
Mia 2.0 to receive batteries from InoBat
Fox E-Mobility AG is cooperating with Slovakian battery company InoBat Auto as part of its plan to revive the Mia electric car. Both companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for extensive cooperation in the development, production and battery design for the Mia 2.0.
EU research project to tackle aluminium-sulphur battery chemistry
The EU-funded project Amapola which is focussing on a marketable polymer-based Al-S battery has announced it will be developing an aluminium-sulphur battery for vehicles and aircraft. The aim is to develop an Al-S cell that achieves very high energy density values (660 Wh/l or 400 Wh/kg) and uses the advantages of innovative polymer gel electrolytes.
PowerCell presents fuel cell module for ships
PowerCell Sweden has just presented the PowerCellution Marine System 200, a fuel cell module specially developed for the electrification of marine applications. The 200 kW module is said to be characterised by its low weight and compact format.
AESC to build battery plant in Sunderland
According to new media reports, a factory for electric car batteries is to be built at the British Nissan plant in Sunderland, which will be operated by the Chinese battery manufacturer Envision AESC. Nissan had sold its battery subsidiary AESC to Envision Group in 2018, but still holds a minority stake.
Oxis Energy is facing bankruptcy
The British lithium-sulphur battery specialist Oxis Energy is apparently on the verge of going out of business. As the company could not “raise the investment required to continue its product development”, Oxis is now to be wound up and the patents auctioned off.
BASF is planning a cathode joint venture in China
BASF and Shanshan, a supplier of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles, among others, have agreed to establish a joint venture with BASF as majority shareholder (BASF: 51 per cent; Shanshan: 49 per cent) to produce cathode materials and their precursors in China.
Ford & SKI to launch battery joint venture
Ford and SK Innovation have agreed to set up a joint venture to produce battery cells and modules for use in the US carmaker’s electric vehicles. The joint venture, called BlueOvalSK, aims to have an annual production capacity of 60 GWh.
Major order for EKPO Fuel Cell
EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, has been awarded a series production contract with a planned total volume in the high double-digit million euro range.
Varta receives its first order for the 21700 cell-format
The German battery group Varta has received its first order for its new high-performance round cell V4Drive in 21700 format presented at the beginning of April. The name of the customer from the automotive sector has not been released. Varta also announced that it will develop larger lithium-ion round cells in the future.