Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and start-up Nyobolt have announced an engineering and systems integration partnership. The alliance is designed to support and advance an additional solution for the next generation of high power battery systems.
Nyobolt, a fast-growing company tracing its roots to Cambridge University, was founded by Professor Clare Grey and Dr Sai Shivareddy. The aim was to introduce ultra-fast charging niobium batteries into the market based on a decade of research on new battery anode materials.
The new class of battery technology has been designed to support ultra-fast charging capability, ideally suited to motorsport applications. This is a sector in which Williams are currently a leading provider supporting battery provision for Extreme E, Formula E Gen 3 and ETCR, which is the electric car version of touring racing.
In addition, the technology will also be appropriate for heavy-duty powertrains such as those used in mining, a sector currently targeting a zero-emissions goal.
With a life cycle significantly higher than standard lithium-ion batteries, the technology is perfectly 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.
Paul McNamara, WAE technical director, 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.”
Dr Sai Shivareddy, Nyobolt CEO, said: “Nyobolt is on a mission to supercharge the electric revolution with our ultra-fast charging, ultra-high power density battery systems.
“Our technology is perfectly suited to the arenas within which Williams Advanced Engineering operates, including electric powertrains and other power-hungry applications ranging from motorsports to heavy industrial applications and we are delighted to be part of this exciting collaboration with them”