Consortium members at the kick-off meeting
The UK-ABSC aims to establish a UK- based automotive battery supply chain. The consortium is made up of five members who have a range of disciplines and specialities.
From active lithium powder through to drivetrain integration, the project will produce the next generation of lithium battery packs. These packs will go into high performance hybrid and fully electric low carbon vehicles by 2020.
As part of this, a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) pack will be built using a 48V battery system and high voltage pack. In this will be a smart cell battery management system (BMS) developed by one of the consortium members.
The HEV battery will demonstrate the benefits of our innovative approach to many OEM’s targets of increased energy and power density at pack level. The 48V system shows this technology is transferrable to other hybrid and even fully electric automotive platforms and on a range of cell formats and chemistries.
This technology is not restricted to automotive battery packs but can provide tremendous advantages to other adopters of lithium batteries, such as renewable energy storage, e-mobility, and marine.
The support provided and confidence shown by the Advanced Propulsion Centre in the consortium to deliver this project successfully in 2019, is truly appreciated by all in the consortium . The UK battery industry benefits from the Government’s £1bn long term commitment to the automotive industry to create jobs and growth, as well as speeding up the transition to low emission motoring in the UK.
The ground breaking major £5.4M Advanced Propulsion Centre project, UK-ABSC (UK Automotive Battery Supply Chain) formally kicked off July 1st, 2016.
The project duration is 36 months and as the Project Mission Statement below explains, the project has the potential to launch some truly cutting-edge UK innovation in automotive lithium battery technology. It will also ensure the volume manufacture of this technology can be fully based in the UK to reap the benefits of the exponential growth of lithium battery use in the automotive, energy storage and other sectors.
The consortium consists of Edinburgh based technology company, Dukosi, British multi-national Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, renowned British automotive company, Cosworth and academic partner, Warwick Manufacturing Group (Warwick University). Thurso based, AGM Batteries Limited are proud to have been chosen as lead partners of such an innovative and fast paced consortium.
AGM Batteries are a Li-ion (lithium-ion) cell manufacturing business with capacity for >50MWh of production. AGM will use their capability to produce niche cell products, including embedded electronics, in this project and the factory facility will have the ability to scale up to production volumes.
Dukosi have a 12-year history of design services delivering complex and innovative R&D projects in mixed signal electronics, software and IC design. They are inventors of the disruptive Evoic cell-level battery management technology which will be used within this project.
Johnson Matthey Battery Systems
JMBS’ UK automotive operation designs and manufactures Lithium-ion battery systems, producing battery packs for some of the UK’s most iconic and high performance car brands and will provide their automotive battery pack design experience to this project
Cosworth is a globally-recognised brand, with over 50 years’ experience in designing and developing high efficiency powertrains. Within this project, Cosworth provides input derived from a variety of OEM’s and their specific powertrain requirements, and offers a direct link into potential end-users of the technology being developed. Cosworth also has the ability to test the performance of the battery pack as an integral part of a modern high-efficiency powertrain system. Throughout the programme, Cosworth will provide engineering consultancy on system exploitation and aspects relating to vehicle integration.
Warwick Manufacturing Group
The electrochemical engineering group at WMG is comprised of researchers and engineers with several years of experience in Lithium ion battery research and manufacturing. WMG has a pilot scale pouch cell manufacturing facility and expertise in battery cell development, characterisation and testing. This is complimentary to AGM’s larger manufacturing facility and is an invaluable and cost effective centre to assist with the processes, cell characterisation and prototyping of the cells.
APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre)
The role of the Advanced Propulsion Centre is to position the UK as a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production. The APC team brings together and supports those who have good ideas in the form of innovative technologies with those who can bring them to market as products. The services provided by the APC will enable projects which will provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved. Propulsion systems can represent up to 50% of the value of a vehicle, so the activities supported by the APC will make a significant contribution to the UK’s economic prosperity, building a new capability in the UK supply base and creating a Propulsion Nation.