February 5 (Renewables Now) - Canadian public utility Hydro-Quebec has formed a partnership with German carmaker Mercedes-Benz AG to speed up the research and development of next generation li-ion batteries, it was announced on Tuesday.
The two parties will work together to test new materials under field conditions to step up the development cycle. The joint research activities will be conducted at Hydro-Quebec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, where the power producer has been carrying out its research on battery materials with a focus on solid-state battery technologies. Some research will also be done at the Canadian company’s SCE France laboratory.
The utility says it has achieved promising results for future battery performance, range and weight, while betting on solid-state-materials to improve safety. According to Hydro-Quebec, solid-state lithium metal batteries have a very high energy density, are long lasting and very light.
Karim Zaghib, general manager of Hydro-Quebec's research and development institute, commented that the partnership with Mercedes-Benz "will allow us to test new materials quickly in field conditions, and so accelerate the development cycle and respond to the concerns of automobile manufacturers."