November 22, 2023: An £11.3 million ($14 million) UK project aims to boost the country’s battery pack manufacturing and supply chain capability.
Hyperbat’s ‘H1perChain’ in Coventry, which was funded by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre, said on November 17 it has successfully developed an automated pilot line for module/pack assembly, cell joining and in-line testing.
Hyperbat project leader Jon Bell said the move marks a step-change in high performance battery costs and scalability and a commercial deal has already been agreed to supply battery packs for a global customer.
Hyperbat is working with consortium partners Unipart Manufacturing, WAE, Coventry University, Direc-Tec and the Welding Institute and has a 50-strong workforce at the production facility.
The facility includes incoming cell OCV (open circuit voltage) testing, adhesive robot stations, laser welding, potting machines, and robotic assembly.
Bell said: “Our brief was to find a way of reducing costs while increasing performance and meeting lead times, something we believe we are well on the way to achieving with the pilot line successfully assembling packs and a digital twin in play to scale up production into the tens of thousands.
“If the UK is going to compete in the electrification race, it is critical that we have a domestic battery making capability and a supportive supply chain in place.”