Info
Info
News Article

Hydro-Québec Partners With Mercedes-Benz To Develop Solid-State Battery Technologies

News

Canadian battery material specialist Hydro-Québec partners with Mercedes-Benz AG as part of the auto maker’s research and development activities on future technological leaps of electric vehicles.

Hydro-Québec internationally renowned Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage is a leading research and development institute for advanced battery materials, focusing on solid-state battery technologies. With its latest developments Hydro-Québec has achieved promising results for future battery performance, range, weight, moreover harnessing the potential of solid-state-materials on safety, which can unleash new possibilities in vehicle electrification. Hydro-Québec and Mercedes-Benz researchers will cooperate to test new materials under field conditions to accelerate the development cycle.

Lithium-ion batteries are the most common type used in electronics and electric vehicles. Solid-state lithium metal batteries are supposed to be a next important technology milestone, having a very high energy density, are long lasting, and very light. In addition, the technology is considered to be a safer alternative to regular lithium-ion batteries, as it does not use flammable liquid electrolytes.

Hydro-Québec developed a first-generation solid-state battery in the 1990s and has continued its R&D to improve both efficiency and manufacturing methods. Its know-how, widespread intellectual property portfolio and leading edge facilities draw interest from around the world and make it a sought-after partner for industry players involved in the development of tomorrow's battery materials and technologies.

“We're pleased to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz, an automotive company with an enviable reputation, to pursue our research even further,” said Karim Zaghib, General Manager of Hydro-Québec's Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage. “Our association will allow us to test new materials quickly in field conditions, and so accelerate the development cycle and respond to the concerns of automobile manufacturers.”

The battery is not an off-the-shelf product, but an integral part of the vehicle architecture. The intelligence of the battery lies in a highly complex overall system, which defines the characteristics of the vehicle with respect to performance, range and charging times. As an integral and important element of Mercedes-Benz's electrification strategy, competencies for the technological evaluation of materials and cells as well as research and development activities are consistently expanded. These include the continuous optimisation of the current generation of Li-Ion battery systems, the further development of cells bought on the world market and research of the next generation battery systems.

“The battery is a key component of our electric vehicles. Mastering their chemistry is therefore a focal topic for Mercedes-Benz research and development. Solid-state batteries are supposed to be a next important technology leap for e-mobility, meaning an alternative to today's Li-ion battery systems. The latest advancements Hydro-Québec researchers have made are very promising and we are looking forward to the first results of our joint development programme,” said Jochen Hermann, Vice President Development eDrive, Mercedes-Benz AG.

The joint research activities will be carried out at Hydro-Québec's centre of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage in Canada as well as the SCE France laboratory, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary.

IndianOil Partners With Phinergy To Manufacture Metal-air Batteries
Infineon Launching New OptiMOS Source-down 25 V Power MOSFET
EDF Acquires Pod Point, One Of The UK’s Largest EV Charging Companies
Teledyne E2v To Continue To Develop And Manufacture High Specification CCD Image Sensors
ProLabs’ Innovative Partnership With UNH-IOL Sees Its Optical Connectivity Solutions Pass With Flying Colors
Nexperia Launches Silicon-based OPEN-Alliance-compliant ESD Protection For Automotive Ethernet
UltraSoC Collaborates With PDF Solutions To Prevent In-life Product Failures
Allegro Launches Custom SOIC16W Package
OptiMOS Source-Down 25 V Power MOSFET In PQFN 3.3x3.3 Mm Package
Ford’s Line-up In Europe To Include 14 Electrified Models Before The End Of 2020
Audi E-tron 50 Quattro Available For Ordering In The UK
Volvo Trucks Demonstrates Pilot All-electric VNR Models As Part Of Volvo LIGHTS Innovation Showcase
MOSFET Driver For Synchronous Rectification From Diodes Incorporated
BASF To Produce Cathode Active Material For EV Batteries In Schwarzheide, Germany
European Battery Research Project SeNSE Kicks Off
VDL Bus & Coach Introduces New Battery Pack
Alpiq Provides Storage Solutions Based On EV Batteries
SMART Modular Launches DDR4-3200 32GB Low Profile Industrial Mini-DIMMs
Infineon Announces 650V SiC MOSFETs
New PIC MCU Family Moves Software Tasks To Hardware For Faster System Response
Autotalks' Chipset Is Selected For The Company’s First Mass Production C-V2X Program In China
Voltabox Concludes Long-term Retrofit Framework Contract
Opel To Build Plant Manufacturing Battery Cells In Kaiserslautern
Transphorm To Show Adoption Of High Voltage GaN At APEC 2020

Info
×
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Logo
×
Logo
×
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the Power Electronics World Magazine, the Power Electronics World Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.


Please subscribe me to:

 

You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
 
X
Info
X
Info
{taasPodcastNotification}