PV3 Technologies Ltd.
Two years ago we secured funding from Innovate UK’s Faraday Challenge to develop Li-ion battery materials. Working within this new field, we found new ideas we wanted to explore and needed a characterisation partner. Visiting the GEIC made us realise they had the capacity we needed.
We are looking to compare the effects of graphene-based materials on next-gen battery cathodes to understand where performance improvements can be made.
We suspect graphene can unlock some additional performance benefits from our new materials programme.
“PV3 are committed to developing the latest in electrochemical materials and working with the GEIC. Our partnership has enabled access to skills and capabilities that complement our own. We could not deliver this programme without the GEIC.”
– Dr. David Hodgson, CEO
Our staff worked closely with the team at the GEIC to get our products into the centre and tested.
The team performed a series of battery cycling tests to understand how performance was affected over time.
PV3 supplied their materials in kind and GEIC staff built and tested a series of coin-cell batteries.
We produced a series of working coin-cell batteries combining our existing technology with graphene.
Our early test data shows some really promising signs of how graphene can enhance the coin-cell battery.
What we want to do is to investigate integrating graphene into our materials at an earlier stage of development, so that the additional benefits become an inherent part of the product.
We’re now looking to run a longer-term collaborative project with the GEIC on improving battery performance across a number of form factors.
Without the people and facilities at the GEIC it would have been extremely difficult to perform this work. We were able to conduct these early tests in a matter of weeks.
It’s likely that the next phase will take around 6 months and we will then be in a position to understand how quickly we could bring new products to market.