Williams Adds to its Tie-Ups in BEV Technology

Williams Advanced Engineering has joined with yet another automotive battery specialist in its drive to boost its BEV technology capabilities.

The engineering wing of the famous Formula One racing organization has signed a strategic collaboration with battery cell specialist, Molicel, expecting to support the current and next generation of high-power battery cells. Molicel currently produces a range of these cells and is already involved in a number of projects with Williams.

Last month Williams Advanced Engineering had announced a partnership with niobium-based battery developed, Nyobolt, to assess and develop the technology in a close collaboration, with the next steps being technology demonstration activities to grow market awareness of this technological development. With a life cycle significantly higher than standard lithium-ion batteries, Williams says the technology is suited for next generation applications that require high power, long life or high cycling. The market opportunity is expected to be over 30 gigawatt hours.

The latest move will see Molicel employ it expertise and know-how in chemical research and manufacturing engineering built up during the last 40 years in addition to database design and validation methodologies. Williams will work with the Molicel team on product design and manufacturing engineering to advance future technologies.

The pair have agreed a strategic collaboration to support the next generation of high performance, superior quality, lithium-ion power battery cells. This collaboration hopes to bring together cell technology from Molicel, together with William’s system design and control systems know how to deliver high performance battery systems, focused on power output, while also delivering energy density, for the automotive sector and also a number of other industries.

The relationship will initially focus on collaboration to assess and develop technology to support demonstration activities aimed at growing market awareness of this exciting technological development. Paul McNamara, technical director, Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “We are committed to the engineering challenge of cell technology development and in conjunction with Molicel, believe we can address a number of opportunities across a wide range of applications and we look forward to working with the team at Molicel.”

Casey Shiue, president of E-One Moli Energy, added: “Molicel is on a mission to produce outstanding cells to drive the electric evolution. We will bring our expertise and experiences on consistent high power, low impedance and fast charge to our collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). Our technology is well suited to the arenas that WAE operates and we are happy to be part of this exciting collaboration.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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