Technology development

High performance material to support the development of battery technology

A consortium set up to develop the next-generation battery technology has been awarded cutting-edge material for the project.

Morgan Advanced Materials has provided Lucideon with a high performance lithium conductive solid electrolyte material, which is not yet commercially available.

The solid electrolyte will be used to support the consortium’s ongoing research and development project, led by Stoke-on-Trent-based Lucideon, with project partners KWSP and Loughborough University.

Together they are working under UK Research and Innovation’s Faraday Battery Challenge fund to assess two complementary technologies to make components for solid-state batteries; Additive manufacturing at Loughborough University and non-contact field enhanced sintering at Lucideon to fabricate thin, textured/designed films of solid electrolytes for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries.

In parallel, KWSP is conducting an evaluation of pilot-scale manufacturing approaches to accelerate the exploitation of the technology.

The project received funding last year as part of the government’s modern industrial strategy, as part of UKRI’s investment of up to £318m in research and engineering projects and facilities. innovation to drive the growth of a strong battery business in the UK.

Stuart MacLachlan, Head of R&D at Lucideon, said: “The goal of the program is to develop batteries with better performance and better safety.

“Morgan Advanced Materials donated their bespoke solid electrolyte material which is new and not yet in the public domain.

“Much of the development has gone into creating the hardware and the donation provides a unique opportunity to advance the program.

“A breakthrough from the consortium could create a unique technology for the UK, allowing it to become a leader in low energy, low waste manufacturing methods, and take a significant share of the vehicle battery market. electrical.”

Morgan Advanced Materials scientist Dr William Thomas said: “This is an exciting project which we hope will help position the UK at the forefront of solid-state battery manufacturing. .”