Saft joins forces with European partners to develop advanced Li-ion and solid-state tech


Battery manufacturer Saft, a subsidiary of oil giant Total, has announced that it will join forces with a handful of European partners to form a development R&D partnership focused on creating cutting-edge batteries. Saft CEO Ghislain Lescuyer recognizes that “batteries are at the heart of the current technological revolution. Their development and production play a strategic role in the ongoing transition to clean mobility and clean energy systems.”

The primary focus of the initiative is on two specific technologies – advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state – and is aimed at several industries, including electrified vehicles, other forms of transportation such as rail and aviation, and energy storage. According to Saft, not only will these next-generation batteries provide improved performance and safety, as well as lower costs, compared to current Li-ion technology, but they will create a new standard for integration into their overall system environments. They will also feature state-of-the-art digitalized functions and interfaces. Saft says that it will meet the most stringent sustainability standards throughout this project.

The new R&D alliance will include several material suppliers, including: Solvay, a Belgian materials and chemical company; Manz, a German specialist in battery cell and module assembly; and Germany tech giant Siemens.

“This program is focusing on the battery technology of the future, and when development of such solid-state technology is successfully achieved, innovative industrialization processes with scalable 1 GWh manufacturing blocks will start,” said Lescuyer. However, Saft was careful to note that “to build European leadership in this domain, the Alliance will need strong regulatory support and appropriate funding from European and national authorities.”


Source: Saft

  • Robert Cattle

    If any one knows SAFT of the past. Cells should be named after the great of SAFT past.
    Gabano, Gomis, lenfant, Harivel, and even me former Director of SAFT UK
    Romainville, Poitier, Bordeaux marcousiss.

  • Ed

    It sure looks like Europe is very serious about electric vehicles and will move to create their own capability. All good!

    • Barbar

      It looks like they project to start mass production about 2023 with a worthy successor to the current Li-ion state of the art, thus leaving Tesla and LG sitting on their unrecoverable plant costs for having cranked it up early with a quickly-antiquated tech.

      This cunning plan assumes they will in the next 3 years successfully develop an SSB of at least twice the energy density & same lifetime as Tesla’s current 21700 cells, for less or equal cost, for which it would be worth developing new production lines.

      I sincerely wish them the best of luck but estimate there’s a >60% chance this long shot won’t land in time, in which case they may end up having to buy a license from Mr. Musk, who may then relish making them bleed out the arse for it.

      • Ed

        Agreed. Over the next few years, more and more scientist and engineers will grasp why Tesla has committed so strongly to a “good enough” technology in the cylindrical cell design. The 18650 got them in business, and the 2170 brings improvements Tesla has yet to share with us. Lower cost and higher energy density, yes, but also highly predictable (low cell-to-cell variation) thermal dissipation characteristics, integrated protection, faster charging are surely part of the new cells.
        And…I am sticking with my prediction that costs are dropping fast.