A coalition of European manufacturers and research institutes has launched ALISE (Advanced Lithium Sulfur battery for EVs), a collaborative effort to develop and commercialize lithium-sulfur technology. The objective of the 7-million-Euro ($7.6 million) project is to achieve a stable 500 Wh/kg Li-S cell by 2019.
The final deliverable of the ALISE project will be a 17 kWh battery that will be installed in a SEAT vehicle for evaluation on test tracks and public roads.
The UK-based battery company OXIS Energy received the largest single funding award among the 15 participating partners – a little under a million Euros. OXIS, which has already achieved 325 Wh/kg with its Li-sulfur technology, will lead the work to develop the anode, cathode and electrolyte.
OXIS will then scale up the assembly of the cells from lab scale to pilot production scale. Several companies will cooperate to integrate these cells into the SEAT test vehicle.