Kenneth Dibben House
Enterprise Road University of Southampton Science Park Chilworth
Southampton SO16 7NS
44 23 8011 1400 http://www.ilika.com
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Ilika’s important product line is called Stereax, and they’ve recently been focusing on automotive applications after making progress on thin film lithium batteries (yes, they’re still lithium batteries — they just use a solid electrolyte instead of the liquid one in most li-ion batteries, partly because it’s the liquid that makes them so flammable and dangerous, apparently). The first wave of products are likely to be using their M250 line in small medical devices and sensors that can handle moisture and hold a trickle charge well, and their high-temperature P180 that’s most likely to be used first in Internet of Things and industrial sensors, possibly including small automotive applications — the real “electric car” possibility is with Goliath, which is not as far along. Probably the best quick overview is their presentation to an investor conference from November, and they do a decent job of explaining their.
Powering the Future
Ilika is a pioneer in solid state battery technology and materials innovation. Ilika’s range of solid state Stereax® batteries includes miniaturised batteries for powering wireless sensors deployed in applications ranging from hostile industrial environments to medical implants. Ilika has also recently extended its roadmap to develop larger format cells suitable for providing automotive power. Its Stereax® products were developed using Ilika’s unique high throughput materials development platform, which it deploys in collaborations with global OEM’s. The platform enables functional materials to be made, characterised and tested up to 100 times faster than traditional techniques, creating robust datasets to enhance intellectual property value, optimise product performance and reduce time to market.
Benefits of solid state batteries:
- Increased energy density
Faster charge rates
Low leakage current
Up to 10 years’ life span
Scalable from miniature scale for small electronic devices to large scale for motive power applications