Belgian solid-state Lithium battery technology developer SOLiTHOR has signed a partnership deal with Sonaca to power electric aircraft.
The two will jointly develop safe, high-density rechargeable solid-state Lithium battery systems for Regional Aircraft and Urban Air Mobility. This partnership will also expand to Satellite systems as well as Defence systems.
This alliance will divide key activities in the research, development, production and integration of cells and battery systems designed for powering aircraft.
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SOLiTHOR, a spin out of imec, will be responsible for cell research, development, testing characterisation, format design and production of 10Ah-40Ah cell as it forges ahead. Sonaca will develop the battery packaging including all related management systems. It will also certify the battery system.
The cells will be produced and manufactured by SOLiTHOR in Sint-Truiden, Flanders, Belgium and the integration of the aircraft battery systems will take place at Sonaca’s plant in Charleroi, Wallonia, Belgium.
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Sonaca is aiming to develop a low-carbon aircraft by 2035 to allow the industry to make more effective use of smaller regional airports and go some way to address their under-utilisation across the world – especially in the USA and Europe. It has 3500 employees working from 6 different countries over 3 continents to serve major OEMs and super tier-ones.
SOLiTHOR and Sonaca believe that their complementary capabilities will provide the greatest advancements in solid-state Lithium battery systems technologies for all regional aircraft and urban air mobility applications.