Battery manufacturer OXIS Energy is partnering with electric aviation pioneer Bye Aerospace to produce Li-S battery cells for Bye’s future aircraft. The cells will be designed to have the higher energy density required for such aircraft. The project is scheduled to launch in September 2019.
Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of OXIS Energy, said, “Aviation is one of OXIS’s target markets. A key measure of OXIS’s suitability is to be able to consistently produce cells in excess of 400 Wh/kg, which are already undergoing evaluation. OXIS expects to achieve 500 Wh/kg by early 2020. Our Li-S cells and battery systems are ideally suited for aviation. They are over 50 percent lighter than the current Li-ion cell and battery systems.”
George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said, “Bye Aerospace is working with OXIS on the Li-S battery cell characteristics to significantly improve our eFlyer 4 and future air taxi aircraft designs’ performance.”