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FEV, ProLogium to collaborate on developing solid-state battery systems

Source: FEV

German auto engineering firm FEV and Chinese battery company ProLogium have signed a MoU to cooperate on the development of solid-state battery systems. Both parties are leveraging their expertise to jointly develop energy storage systems based on ProLogium's unique solid-state batteries (SSBs) technology.

As per the MoU, the companies have vowed to focus their joint efforts on battery system development for customers, sales activities and cell-module verification based on ProLogium's SSB technology.

SSBs' unique properties and innovative internal structure require new battery concepts and development from scratch. They are claimed as suitable energy storage alternative with high energy density for a wide range of applications, including e-mobility sector.

"As a technology-open development service provider, we are working on solid-state battery solutions in the field of e-mobility. With ProLogium, we have been able to gain a renowned cell manufacturer as a partner in this area who is a leader in SSB technology," said Prof. Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of FEV Group.

"ProLogium ideally complements our 360-degree battery development. Due to our unique development and testing capabilities we are able to design cutting-edge technology, which meets all regulatory requirements and customer demands around the world", he added.

With years of experience in battery development, FEV's tailor-made design and integration of battery systems include battery management system as well as cells, modules and packs. Depending on the application, the company offers solutions with high specific power density or high energy density.

With its state-of-the-art durability testing center (known as 'eDLP' in German) near Leipzig, Germany, FEV operates the world's largest independent battery development and test center for high-voltage batteries.

Vincent Yang, CEO and founder of ProLogium Technology, said, "Our recent agreement with FEV reflects the continued development of ProLogium and our global business strategy. It brings together two like-minded and complementary partners focused on creating new value in a traditional industry. Our collaboration will help the automotive industry achieve innovative, clean and efficient energy consumption of electrified vehicles faster."

Solid-state batteries are among the most promising technologies to offer advantages over lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes, which are mostly used in e-mobility. In addition, SSBs impress with an extra mileage advantage because of their lighter weight and smaller volume for the same capacity.

"To get the most out of this technology, the core competencies deal with cell development, but also with the integration at the pack level and the algorithms for controlling the technology. Otherwise, advantages in terms of energy density, service life and safety could only be partially realized," said Pischinger.

ProLogium is the first battery company in the world to mass-produce solid-state lithium ceramic batteries. Its automated pilot production line in China has provided nearly 8,000 solid-state battery sample cells to global car manufacturers for testing and module development.

The company's GWh level solid-state lithium-ceramic battery plant is likely to be the first in the world to go oprational in early 2023. ProLogium aims to scale up production by the second half of next year, followed by capacity expansion plans in major markets worldwide. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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