Sheffield tech specialist and refinery work on next generation batteries

A Sheffield tech specialist has linked up with Energy giant Phillips 66 to work on better batteries for electric vehicles.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:49 am

Faradion, pioneers of the first sodium-ion powered battery, is working with the huge Humber refinery which already supplies carbon into the lithium-ion battery supply chain.

Faradion says its technoloy has ‘an inherent advantage’ because sodium is low-cost and abundant and does not require expensive materials such as cobalt while being safer.

Phillips 66 is also working with another Sheffield business, ITM Power, on switching to hydrogen power.

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Phillips 66 engineer Liang Zhang testing batteries with sodium-ion anode materials.

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