Paul van Gerven
5 February

Eindhoven-based Lionvolt has acquired a battery cell production line in Scotland, including staff. The site will be repurposed to manufacture battery cells based on the company’s 3D solid-state thin-film technology and will complement a recently announced pilot production facility on the Brainport Industries Campus. “The combination of these capabilities will allow us to accelerate the commercialization of our innovative products,” Lionvolt CTO Sandeep Unnikrishnan says.

Holst Centre battery pillars
Credit: Holst Centre

A spinoff from TNO Holst Centre, Lionvolt is working on a ‘battery foil’ consisting of a substrate covered with an array of micropillars, each of which may be considered a tiny battery. Billions of them packed together make for a battery that features enhanced energy density, a superior cycle-life, higher charging speed and enhanced safety, according to Lionvolt.

The production line and personnel were acquired from UK battery manufacturer AMTE Power, which ran into trouble last year after struggling to raise additional funds to support its development.