BMZ adds sodium ion to battery tech range

BMZ adds sodium ion to battery tech range

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March 13, 2024: Germany-based lithium battery systems group BMZ announced on March 11 it is expanding into the sodium ion tech sector.

The company said series production of its new ‘NaTE’ battery cell product range, which will include cylindrical and prismatic cell formats, is to start in mid-2025.

The first prototypes are already being tested with cell formats 21700 and 46130 and additional cell formats will follow.

BMZ subsidiary TerraE will develop and distribute the NaTE series cells.

BMZ group CEO and founder Sven Bauer said sodium ion technology offered the company and its customers rapidly growing market potential, but said BMZ would not abandon lithium.

“Sodium ion technology is the perfect solution for applications where energy density is not paramount. This includes industrial and home storage systems or industrial trucks, such as forklifts,” he said.

Last January BMZ entered the energy storage sector with the launch of its first ESS system — lithium-chemistry based Power Bloxx — for the commercial market.

In February, Shanghai-based Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment and France’s Tiamat unveiled proposals for a 5GWh sodium ion battery manufacturing plant in France.