Williams’ JV Gunning for Next Gen Performance Batteries


The powerhouse behind a leading Formula One racing team, Williams Advanced Engineering, has teamed up with a battery start-up bidding to create next generation high power battery systems.

It has 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 new class of battery technology has been designed to support ultra-fast charging capability, suited to motorsport applications; a sector in which Williams is currently a leading provider supporting battery provision for Extreme E, Formula E Gen 3 and ETCR. In addition, the company says, the technology will be appropriate for heavy duty powertrains such as those used in mining, a sector currently targeting a zero emissions goal

Nyobolt, traces its roots to Cambridge University, where it was founded by Professor Clare Grey and Dr Sai Shivareddy to introduce ultra-fast charging batteries into the market based on a decade of research on new battery anode materials. Paul McNamara, technical director, Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “We are delighted to be part of this engineering and systems integration partnership that we believe will address a wide range of opportunities across a number of diverse applications and we look forward to working with the team at Nyobolt.”

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

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