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UK company specialising in smart 3D battery electrodes seeks to partner with battery fabrication and scale-up facilities, battery ink and active material suppliers, and electrode coating experts under technical cooperation agreement

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: TRUK20210702001
Publication Date: 8 July 2021

Summary

The UK company has developed a patent-pending smart optimised 3D battery electrode technology that works with different battery chemistries enabling performance improvement. 

The company seeks to collaborate with battery fabrication and scaleup facilities, battery ink and active material suppliers, and electrode coating experts either under technical cooperation agreement or services agreement. The aim of the cooperation is to further improve the performance of the batteries.

Description

The company was founded in 2017 to address battery manufacturers' pain points by incorporating smart electrodes and tuning fundamental battery structures using machine learning and artificial intelligence. These structures can in turn be fabricated using new electrochemical fabrication devices capable of high-resolution control allowing the structure of traditional batteries to be replaced with the company's 3D solution. The company has filed several patents on unique methods to build 3D designed battery electrodes in a scalable and cost-effective manner. 

The company has also been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including Shell new energy challenge as one of the most promising new-energy companies in Europe. Other awards include winning European Innovation Council Horizon 2020, the prestigious Intel accelerator program, Innovate UK grant and being invited to the London Mayor's International Business Programme. They have several projects with major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) partners looking to utilise the battery technology for their needs.

The company’s smart 3D electrodes can solve unique pain-points that include thermal, mechanical, lifetime, power and energy densities to create the next generation of battery technology. The company is looking for suppliers of:
1.Battery active materials
2.Ink coating experts
3.Battery fabrication & scale-up facilities

The desired partnership could be through a technical cooperation agreement for development and/or incorporation of smart structures in enhancing battery performance. Both parties may also agree to provide services to each other on long-term basis.

The cooperation should aim to improve the performance of batteries in a defined and agreed measurable criteria (e.g. cycle-life, power, energy etc.). This can be through the incorporation of different types of active materials (for both anode & cathode) or novel electrolytes within 3D designed electrodes. It can also include ink coating experts that can work with the 3D designed electrodes and existing formulations that are currently used. This can also be through working alongside fabrication facilities that can use the company's 3D electrodes to produce pouch cells (ca.5Ah-20Ah) and scale-up production in future.

The company is also open to suggestions on other forms of partnerships provided there is a clear viable route of growth for both parties depending on successful outcomes. The cooperation is envisaged as a long-term commitment where all parties benefit, grow and develop from their background IP, know-how and expertise. As the company grows, the requirement for active materials, coatings and scale-up are expected to become greater.

Battery areas and domains can include standard Li-ion battery technology, Si-rich technology and Solid-State technology. The target industry for the technology includes consumer electronics, electrified vehicles and others depending on battery design requirements.

Expertise sought

The company is seeking for technical expertise  in:
1. lithium-ion and affiliated battery technology
2. battery active materials
3. Ink formulation and coatings
4. Fabrication of Li-ion battery technology

The partner must have the capability to deal with a range of battery capacities (5Ah-20Ah or more), to scale production of successful designs and to minimise the time in any production step e.g. faster drying times, quick time to evaluate ink formulation and coatings, etc.

Presently the company is not focussed on Li-Air or Li-Sulfur technology.

Stage Of Development

Concept stage

Stage Of Development Comment

Pouch cell level of development

Requested partner

The company is seeking technical expertise either from an industry partner or academia in lithium ion and affiliated battery technology. The partnership could be either under a technical cooperation agreement or services agreement aimed to improve the performance of the battery. The partnership could be,

1. With battery active material suppliers to supply different types of active materials (for both anode & cathode) or novel electrolytes within 3D designed electrodes.
2. With electrode ink coating experts that can work with the 3D designed electrodes and existing formulations that are currently used.
3. With fabrication facilities that can use the company's 3D electrodes to produce pouch cells (ca.5Ah-20Ah) and scale-up production in future.

The company is also open to suggestions on other forms of partnerships.

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