Sunderland-based Hyperdrive works closely with Nissan at its UK plant and has developed a new high-density pack for EVs and stationary storage
UK-based Hyperdrive Innovation has announced the successful completion of the government-backed High Energy Density Battery (HEDB) project.
The company, a developer and manufacturer of li-ion battery technology for EVs and energy storage, received a £9.7 million in grant funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) for the project as part of the centre’s “Driving UK Capability and Economic Impact through Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies” initiative.
Completed in February 2018, the project also saw Hyperdrive work with automaker Nissan, the University of Newcastle, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Zero Carbon Futures to develop a new manufacturing process at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. This allows the car-maker to produce 40kWh battery cells in the UK for use in its EVs, the company said.
Hyperdrive says the project has opened up new routes to market, using Nissan cells in its own battery packs for both EVs and stationary energy storage systems. This included the design of a new universal, modular energy storage system and the installation of a pilot line for prototyping and pack assembly at Hyperdrive in Sunderland with a significant investment made in quality standards and developing the supply chain.
Initial applications for the company’s new battery packs include construction machines, municipal vehicles, airport ground fleets and autonomous vehicles.
Hyperdrive has also secured a commercial agreement with Nissan for incorporating their battery cells into modular and bespoke design systems.
The firm’s commercial managing director for commercial, Stephen Irish, said: “The HEDB project has been pivotal in developing the UK and the North-East in particular as a global player in battery technology. It has played a crucial role in supporting our expansion where during the project we have increased headcount three-fold in developing both our IP and manufacturing capabilities.”
The company is also involved in a number of UK R&D projects, including one investigating hybridising the powertrain of an aircraft push-back tractor, a battery capable of operations in ultra-low temperature environments and a new form of battery management system (BMS).