EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News
A new £5.4 million Anglo-Scottish battery-supply chain consortium has been set up in the UK to provide high-performance ‘intelligent’ batteries for the next generation of Battery Powered Vehicles (BPVs).
The consortium is made up of five members – three in Scotland and two in England – who have a range of disciplines and specialities.
From active lithium power through to drivetrain integration, the project will produce the next generation of lithium battery packs.
These packs will go into high performance hybrid and fully electric low-carbon vehicles by 2020.
As part of this, a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) pack will be built using a 48V battery system and high voltage pack. In this will be a smart cell battery management system developed by one of the consortium members.
The member companies of the UK Automotive Battery Supply Chain (UK ABSC) comprise:
- AGM Batteries, based in Thurso, Caithness (Consortium Lead-partner)
- Dukosi Systems, based in Edinburgh
- Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, based in Dundee
- The Warwick Manufacturing Group, and
- Cosworth – the high-performance automotive drive-train maker
A spokesman for the Automotive Battery Supply Chain consortium said: “This project has the potential to launch some truly cutting-edge UK innovation in automotive lithium battery technology.
“It will also ensure the volume manufacture of this technology can be fully based in the UK to reap the benefits of the exponential growth of lithium battery use in the automotive, energy storage and other sectors.
“The HEV battery will demonstrate the benefits of our innovative approach to many OEM’s targets of increased energy and power density at pack level.
“The 48V system shows this technology is transferrable to other hybrid and even fully electric automotive platforms and on a range of cell formats and chemistries.
“This technology is not restricted to automotive battery packs but can provide tremendous advantages to other adopters of lithium batteries, such as renewable energy storage, e-mobility, and marine.
“The support provided and confidence shown by the Advanced Propulsion Centre in the consortium to deliver this project successfully in 2019, is also appreciated by all in the consortium.”
The UK battery industry benefits from the Government’s £1 billion long term commitment to the automotive industry to create jobs and growth, as well as speeding up the transition to low emission motoring in the UK.
AGM Batteries are a Li-ion (lithium-ion) cell manufacturing business with capacity for >50MWh of production. AGM will use their capability to produce niche cell products, including embedded electronics, in this project and the factory facility will have the ability to scale up to production volumes.
Johnson Matthey Battery Systems
JMBS’ UK automotive operation designs and manufactures Lithium-ion battery systems, producing battery packs for some of the UK’s most iconic and high performance car brands and will provide their automotive battery pack design experience to this project
Dukosi have a 12-year history of design services delivering complex and innovative R&D projects in mixed signal electronics, software and IC design. They are inventors of the disruptive Evoic cell-level battery management technology which will be used within this project.
Cosworth has the ability to test the performance of the battery pack as an integral part of a modern high-efficiency powertrain system. Throughout the programme, Cosworth will provide engineering consultancy on system exploitation and aspects relating to vehicle integration.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre
The role of the Advanced Propulsion Centre is to position the UK as a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production. The APC team brings together and supports those who have good ideas in the form of innovative technologies with those who can bring them to market as products. Propulsion systems can represent up to 50% of the value of a vehicle, so the activities supported by the APC will make a significant contribution to the UK’s economic prosperity, building a new capability in the UK supply base and creating a Propulsion Nation.