Nexeon, a developer of silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, is part of a UK consortium awarded almost £1m in funding by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
The project is aimed at developing battery chemistry that will deliver high-energy densities and at producing a prototype for plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) applications.
Project partners Axeon, St Andrews University and Ricardo will match the TSB funding in the £2m project.
Over the next two years, applied research conducted at St Andrews on potential cathode materials will be combined with chemical engineering by Nexeon to scale up material synthesis and to optimise electrode fabrication, resulting in prototype Li-ion cells based on its proprietary silicon anode technology.
The cells produced will be used by Axeon to construct a usable, PHEV-type battery, with cells engineered into a housing with electrical interconnects and harnessing.
Ricardo will perform extensive testing of the battery module integrated into a demonstrator vehicle.
‘Our support for this project is part of our ongoing major investment programme aimed at putting the UK at the forefront of low-carbon vehicle technology,’ said John Laughlin, the TSB’s programme manager for low-carbon vehicles.