Swiss Firm Claims Solid State Battery With 50% Better Environmental Balance

Swiss Battery Startup High Performance Battery (HPB) claims that it has developed the world’s first solid-state battery whose core – unlike all other solid-state battery projects – is the result of a chemical reaction within the battery. Whereas solid ion conductors are usually inserted into the battery as prefabricated parts, the HPB solid ion conductor is first created in the battery cell, similar to a “two-component glue”. As a result, this technology elegantly solves significant hurdles for the series production of solid-state batteries as a possible successor technology to lithium-ion batteries.

HPB claims that by using the solid state electrolyte developed by it, the capacity of their battery will remain almost constant over its lifetime. No matter how heavily the battery is used. The technology is safe because the electrolyte is non-flammable and the battery is non-explosive. No critical raw materials are needed for production, especially cobalt. This also improves the environmental balance by more than half compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries.

High Performance Battery AG

Sebastian Heinz CSO, Thomas L?tzenrath COO, G?nther Hambitzer CEO

This innovative battery technology of the High Performance Battery has an extremely long service life without loss of performance at almost constant capacity. Furthermore, the solid state battery is resistant to deep discharge and fast charging. The innovative battery cell has already proven its basic functionality in initial tests.

The firm touts its potential to be used in e-mobility – on land, on water and in the air – in the future. In particular, it is suitable for domestic energy supply and the intermediate storage of electricity.

Like most Swiss firms hamstrung by high manufacturing costs in their domestic region, HBP has taken an unconventional approach to market development. It grants licences to producers and users for attractive market segments. The production start of the first production line of 200 megawatt hours is planned for 2023. The modular structure of the production is intended to enable short-term entry and easy scaling to the gigafactory level.

“The development of the solid-state battery is a great success for green energy and eMobility. The establishment of the first production offers the opportunity to position ourselves as a technology leader on the global market. In addition to selling the licences and preparing for the start of production, we are continuing to optimise the battery cell in terms of size and capacity,” says Dr. Thomas Lützenrath, COO of High Performance Battery.

Founded in 2015, High Performance Battery specialises in the research and development of high-tech rechargeable batteries with a unique combination of performance data: durable, non-flammable, deep discharge resistant, almost constant capacity with almost constant internal resistance, without raw material bottleneck, free of cobalt and with significantly better environmental effects than conventional lithium-ion batteries.

HPB Site

Source: HPB Site

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