Lavle, a Washington-based marine battery company, says it’s developing a large-scale solid electrolyte battery (SEB) energy storage system (ESS) for the marine market.
The Lavle marine solution will utilize SEB cells supplied by its Japanese joint venture partner, 3DOM, and engineering expertise from its American joint venture partner, Ockerman Automation.
The 3DOM SEB cells use a patented separator technology that enables the use of lithium metal in the anode and solid materials for the electrolyte between the cathode and anode. Lavle holds exclusive rights to the 3DOM SEB technology for application in the marine, defense, oil & gas and renewables markets.
Lavle hopes to release the commercial version of the SEB ESS within 12 months. The company is using its Marine Electric Propulsion Simulation Laboratory in Virginia to prototype, test, and characterize the performance of the ESS.
Lavle reports that it has also engaged DNV-GL, the international certification body, to start initial evaluation of the cells and application.
Currently, Lavle sources the SEB cells from the 3DOM plant in Japan and then packages them in Anacortes, Washington. Lavle and 3DOM say they’re in the process of selecting a larger manufacturing site in the US as part of their long-term plan to produce and package the separator and SEB cells in the US.