Saft joins with European partners to develop batteries

Saft is building an alliance with other European partners to launch a program of research, development and industrialization for new generations of batteries focusing on advanced high-density Li-ion and solid-state technology.

The program addresses all market segments, such as electro-mobility (EV, e-Bus, railway, marine, aviation), energy storage (ESS) and specialty industries.

Should the development be successful, the next step will be to work together with industrial partners on new manufacturing processes, and on cell and system industrialization. This will then lead to an easily scalable manufacturing standard block of 1 GWh.

To build European leadership in this domain, with technologies, products and industrial processes, the alliance will need regulatory support and funding from European and national authorities.

Partners in the alliance will include:

·      Solvay, headquartered in Belgium, is a materials and chemical multinational bringing its strong expertise in polymer and electrolyte solutions;

·      Manz, headquartered in Germany, is the European specialist of equipment for battery cell and module assembly;

·      Siemens, headquartered in Germany, is a global technology firm which equips manufacturing facilities with software and automation solutions

·      And other European companies working in the fields of active material and system integration.

While this alliance is not exclusive of other agreements or partnerships, the companies will work together over the next seven years to reach the common ambition. Throughout the different phases of the project, the core group of the Alliance will partner with European academia, research centers, SMEs, customers and other entities to leverage the wealth of expertise already accumulated throughout Europe.

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