AMTE Power has secured a £1 million project to ‘power up’ its new generation of lithium-ion cells and manufacture them at scale.
The project will unite the Caithness-based company with Imperial College London’s battery modelling research and the manufacturing capabilities of the
£130m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UK Bic) with the aim of bridging the gap from prototype to mass production.
AMTE was among the first UK battery makers to get involved with UK Bic, which recently opened in Coventry.
This latest funding and support package, via the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, will support AMTE’s access to UK Bic’s assembly line while deploying Imperial’s research to highlight opportunities for cell improvement in both useable energy, lifetime, and cost within its “ultra high-power” (UHP) cells.
The firm’s current line of UPH cells are being developed with a number of specialist manufacturers in the automotive industry and will initially be targeted at the high-performance motor industry with further potential to target mainstream performance cars down the line.
Jeff Pratt, managing director of UK Bic, said: “We are thrilled to be working on the power up project to help establish the feasibility of manufacturing AMTE Power’s ultra high-power cells at volume.”
Steven Farmer, head of technology and product development at AMTE, said: “This project will mark a huge step in the right direction in creating next generation batteries for electric vehicles in the UK.”