OXIS Energy is the lead partner in a 3 year project to develop a revolutionary Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) vehicle battery and Energy System Controller (ESC)
Today OXIS Energy in collaboration with Imperial College London, Cranfield University and Lotus Engineering will receive funding from the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Integrated Delivery Programme (IDP9). The winners will be announced at LCV 2013, the UK’s Premier Low Carbon Vehicle forum.
The Revolutionary Electric Vehicle Battery (REVB) project aims to develop an energy storage system made up of a revolutionary Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) vehicle battery and Energy System Controller (ESC). As a result, the energy density, cost, range and safety of electric vehicle batteries will improve significantly. Moreover, this will put the UK in a world leading position.
According to OXIS Energy CEO, Huw Hampson-Jones, “This programme is significant in allowing OXIS to speed up the deployment of Li-S automotive battery systems for use in vehicles. The objective defined by the programme will allow us to prove our ability to replace the petrol/diesel engine by 2016.”
By developing and embedding a model led R&D culture within OXIS, the project aims to double the improvement rate of the OXIS Li-S technology. Imperial College will provide OXIS with extensive knowledge of simulation research. That is a proven approach within other sectors (such as crash testing) in the automotive industry but one that has rarely been adopted by battery developers. The Li-S cells have the potential to meet and exceed the 400Wh/kg and $250/kWh targets set by the TSB.
Working with Lotus Engineering and Cranfield University to develop the ESC, the system will utilise 90-95% of the stored energy. This compares to a current Li-ion system which is commonly around 150Wh/kg, $500/kWh with only 60% of that energy utilised.
Ultimately, the project will offer a battery system for automotive applications that will store more energy than today’s technology as well as harnessing significantly more of that energy, resulting in a compound improvement for next generation Electric Vehicles.
Andrew Everett, the Technology Strategy Board’s Head of Transport, commented, “The Integrated Delivery Programme brings together innovations from all part of the automotive industry to drive forward the development of low carbon vehicles. It is a vital element in the campaign to keep the UK at the forefront of automotive technologies.”