The partnership will focus on inorganic solid electrolytes, especially glass-ceramic electrolytes. In addition to having excellent ionic conductivity, these materials are highly advantageous in terms of safety as a result of their non-flammable nature.
“In joining forces with Hydro-Québec, we are increasing the pace in developing a next-generation solid-state battery with doubled energy density. The impact of this new technology could be enormous—especially for electric mobility applications,” said Dr Alfred Gossner, Stellenbosch University professor and Executive Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
“Fraunhofer is one of Europe’s most prestigious research institutions, and Fraunhofer ISC in particular has an impressive track record in the field of battery materials,” said Karim Zaghib, Director of Energy Storage and Conservation at IREQ, Hydro-Québec’s research institute. “Like Hydro-Québec, it invests in research projects that look to meet specific, concrete needs. We are confident in this partnership’s potential to contribute to extending electric vehicle battery range.”
As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft für anwendungsorientierte Forschung e. V., the biggest application-oriented research institution in Europe, Fraunhofer ISC develops material and processing solutions for energy and resource efficiency, working with small and midsized companies as well as large companies and OEMs or public institutions. Under Fraunhofer ISC’s management, the Fraunhofer Research and Development Center Bavaria FZEB is one of the leading research institutions for battery development in Germany.
IREQ in Canada has developed extensive expertise in electric vehicle battery materials and in grid storage. The institute’s work on advanced materials, particularly for lithium-ion batteries, has resulted in 30 active licences, 848 patents and 250 scientific publications in the last few years.
More information is at www.isc.fraunhofer.de