05.05.2021 at 08:00
Battery Power

Solid-state battery from Swiss HPB AG with excellent environmental balance solves fundamental problem for series production

Battery cell passes basic functionality tests; first production line of 100 MWh as a modular unit on the way to the Gigafactory in planning - production start from 2023 onwards; positioning as technology leader in the battery industry; search for cooperation partners for production and applications.

The company High Performance Battery (HPB) 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.

The list of positive features of the HPB solid-state battery is long: The 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 solid ion conductor is non-flammable and thus safe to use. In addition, the new technology has a 50 percent improved environmental balance compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries and does not require the controversial raw material cobalt. The innovative battery cell has already proven its basic functionality in initial tests.

Reliable storage technology for successful applications

The new battery technology from High Performance Battery serves a broad field of applications: it has a high 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 volatile electricity.

Market development is also unconventional: HBP grants licences to producers and users for attractive market segments. The production start of the first production line of 100 megawatt hours is planned for 2023. The modular structure of the production is intended to enable short-term entry and easy scaling to gigafactory level.

Environmentally friendly solid-state battery on the way to becoming a technology leader

"The development of the solid-state battery is a great success for 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 L├╝tzenrath, COO of High Performance Battery.

High Performance Battery was founded in 2015 and 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.