IBIS research project unveils breakthrough battery for auto and stationary storage applications
Intelligent Battery Integrated System (IBIS) a joint corporate and academic research project by CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Stellantis and Saft unveiled an innovative battery prototype that integrates the inverter as well as the charger functions.
Marking a breakthrough in the field of electromobility, the IBIS project indicates a paradigm shift in the design of electric powertrain. An outcome of four years of design, modeling, and simulation by a team of over 20 members in France, a demonstrator, operational since summer 2022, the project is the subject of numerous patents and has made it possible to validate many new technical concepts and master their control and operation in preparation for automotive or stationary applications.
"Our journey to electrification is fueled by innovation and research excellence that uses the latest technology to address real needs of our EV customers such as range, roominess and affordability while reducing carbon footprint by improving efficiency," said Ned Curic, Stellantis Chief Engineering & Technology Officer. "This revolutionary battery system could mark a decisive step in Stellantis' commitment to provide useful, easy and advanced technology to all."
The IBIS project partners working on building a fully functional prototype vehicle that will be tested on Stellantis development benches and test tracks as well as on open roads. The idea is to make the technology available on Stellantis brand vehicles before the end of this decade.
The IBIS project offers various opportunities both in the EV powertrain and stationary energy storage markets.
It offers the opportunity to reduce vehicle weight and cost of the EV powertrain and vehicle manufacturing, in addition to some new features. In the field of stationary energy storage and renewable energy integration, project partner Saft will be able to offer turnkey installations with improved battery availability, optimized use of installed energy and a smaller footprint, the Saft said in a statement.
"Saft has been at the heart of industrial battery innovation for over 100 years. As pioneers in this cutting-edge field, our researchers are able to carry out research programs like IBIS over the long term. We are delighted to have this collaboration with other recognized partners in this field of expertise, on this innovative project aimed at revolutionizing electric mobility and stationary energy storage", said Cedric Duclos, Saft Chief Executive Officer.
The IBIS project is funded by the Future Investment Plan, administered by ADEME (the Environment and Energy Management Agency) and coordinated by Stellantis. It also brings together industrial partners Saft (TotalEnergies Group), E2CAD and Sherpa Engineering, as well as CNRS research laboratories (GeePs, SATIE, LEPMI) and Institut Lafayette.