Dundee-based battery manufacturer MEP Technologies has been given the green light on a government-funded project to produce new battery technology for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
The project is focused on producing a lightweight battery enclosure for zero emission trucks, which addresses current road freight sector concerns regarding range/payload and lithium-ion battery safety.
The partnership has secured nearly £250,000 of funding for the nine-month project, which will be driven by Composites Evolution, in collaboration with MEP Technologies, alongside the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Engineering and Carr Reinforcements.
Together, a new high-temperature composite material suitable for large battery enclosures for electric freight vehicles will be developed. The resulting battery pack should be lighter and safer than current solutions.
Stuart Morrison, managing director of MEP Technologies, said: “We will be responsible firstly for collecting market research from existing and potential future customers, informing a detailed performance plan which will then be shared with our collaborators.
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“In the later stages of the project, we will design, develop, prototype and test a working battery module, which will be capable of detecting and suppressing a thermal event – which is the industry term for a fire.
“Should this occur, our Battery Management System will react by flooding the battery segment to make safe and therefore mitigate a thermal runaway event.”
The success of the project could inform additional uses for the new technology besides freight usage. Potential other applications for the system include aerial vehicles, specialised ground vehicles for bomb disposal and utility service vehicles.
The project is set to be complete by March 2022.
MEP Technologies is located at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc in Dundee.