Oxford-based Oxis energy have launched its latest version of its lithium sulphur rechargeable battery range. “It is a huge generational step on its rivals,” says Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO Oxis.
It is aiming to be very competitive with the batteries Tesla aims to produce in China. The new battery range is the fruit of a global research effort by universities, research institutes, battery makers and component part manufactures including Bayer in Germany, Sasol in South Africa and Cranfield University in England. In addition, OXIS is leading a new project – just awarded €7 million in European Union funding – for technology and materials development for the Li-S batteries, working with Spanish automaker SEAT and German battery manufacturer Varta.
The design of the battery housing was developed by Crucible to suit medium to large scale manufacturing techniques and modular installations, with batteries stacked to create larger installations. Mark Crittenden, Business Development Manager of OXIS comments:
"The quality of the design and the prototype presents us as an organisation that our customers can have confidence in. It has helped to transition OXIS from an R&D organisation to a revenue generating, commercial company. I would definitely recommend Crucible and we will certainly be working with them again in the future".