The public talk on emerging battery technologies at IDA (The Danish Society of Engineers) included invited speakers from the two british start-up within emerging batteries: Faradion Ltd. and Oxis Energy Ltd.
The program started with a short introduction by both IDA and DBS representatives and a historical overview of battery developments and worldwide patent applications on different battery technologies by Jon Fold von Bülow. Following the introduction the talk began with Bob Hawkes, Battery System Manager at Oxis Energy. Bob Hawkes introduced the history of Oxis Energy and the status of their lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery technology, and after a break with refreshments it was time for Dr. Chris Wright, Chairman at Faradion. Chris Wright presented Faradions company history and their work on sodium ion (Na-ion) battery technology.
The program ended with panel discussion on battery related topics that touched on a lot of interesting topics, with great insight both from the invited speakers as well as the attendees. Questions and comments ranged from the problem of finding qualified electrochemists in UK, the role electrochemical modeling plays in a battery tech start-up, production facilities and geographical location for battery manufacturers, to where the battery market is going and where both Faradion and Oxis Energy would be in a year:
- Faradion would be able to deliver 3 Ah non-aqueous Na-ion demonstration cells for attracting new partners
- Oxis Energy would be improving the cycle life of their Li-S cells to target the automotive market.