AMTE Power is a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery cells. It has signed a contract to manufacture its ‘Ultra High Power’ cells at UKBIC in Coventry to support the next phase of its commercialisation plans.
AMTE Power was founded in 2013 and is focused on launching a series of next generation battery cells based on new chemistries and cell structures that are designed to solve key problems in power delivery, energy performance, and safety. These new products are targeted at a range of specialist markets including the electric vehicle industry and energy storage sector. We caught up with AMTE’s CEO Kevin Brundish to hear more on the automotive plans.
Just Auto: Can you explain the basic technology of your Ultra High Power cells and their characteristics that make them suitable for certain applications/customers?
KB: Our Ultra High Power (UHP) cells are designed using lithium-ion technology to have a balanced combination of weight, energy and high power. This means they can charge and discharge very quickly, delivering and receiving energy at high pace. This makes them perfectly suited to cater to high performance Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles (HEVs and BEVs) as well as Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).
Unlike standard energy cells, which can degrade both in terms of capacity and life when operating at high power, the cells are designed so that they can repeatably provide high power performance without overheating. This means they can cope with rapid acceleration demands of HEVs and BEVs and give a power boost to FCEVs when needed.
We’ve recently celebrated a major milestone for our UHP cell, demonstrating successful charging to full capacity in just six minutes. This is a huge step forward and one that will help make EVs an increasingly attractive option compared with fossil-fuel counterparts.
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What’s the nature of the set-up with your manufacturing partner UKBIC and how many of these products can they make?
We were one of UKBIC’s first customers and have been working in partnership for a little over a year now. This contract is the next step to move us to larger-scale manufacture, as we’ll be producing up to 60,000 cells annually over a 24-month contract.
How does the facility planned for Dundee fit in?
This UKBIC contract is a key milestone in our scale-up journey and path towards our proposed MegaFactory in Dundee. This important agreement underpins our proposals for the MegaFactory ensuring our products can be delivered to customers ahead of the opening of the new facility.
The contract with UKBIC marks a major step forward in our work to meet rising demand from automotive manufacturers and specifically it means we can make cells in sufficient scale to allow customers to progress to in-vehicle trials.
What other partners are you working with and can you describe the benefits of some of the partnerships you are striking?
We’re in the process of developing commercial partnerships with a number of key players across the automotive sector. We’ve recently announced several non-binding MoUs with leading BEV and FCEV developers, including Cosworth, MAHLE Powertrain and Viritech which pave the way for us to supply our UHP cells for use in their vehicles and powertrains.
Building these partnerships is a crucial step in our growth as it gives us access to the markets we’re targeting and a clear route for our products to support the development of next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles.
Will you be shipping many cells to overseas customers?
Yes, the UK and the global automotive markets are going to see an exponential growth in the demand of battery cells and technology over the coming years and our target client base is both in the UK and overseas.
Can you give us an idea of the timeline on your scaling/ramping up of production?
Ramping up production of the Ultra High Power cells at UKBIC is due to start from January 2023.