German startup HBP has developed its solid state batteries, already ready for production
High Performance Battery, abbreviated HPB, is a German startup that developed its solid state batteries led by Professor Gunter Hambitzer, and is already ready to produce them. HPB claims to have made a breakthrough in the battery industry that opens a new chapter and contributes to the energy transition and global climate protection.
Compared to current lithium-ion batteries, the solid-state battery developed by this company allegedly exhibits better longevity, safety and sustainability. Lithium-ion batteries typically need to be replaced after about 1,250 charge cycles, while a solid state battery achieves about 12,500 charge cycles with a similar load.
HPB claims that its solid-state battery is the world’s first with “extraordinary properties” that is ready for production, and that it is a major step forward in the industry.
The solid electrolyte used in the HPB battery is non-flammable, which in principle makes it much safer than the liquid electrolytes in conventional lithium-ion batteries. In terms of sustainability, the company’s battery has an environmental balance that is 50 percent better than commercial batteries with liquid electrolytes, making it a key component in the energy and mobility revolution, the company claims.
One of its advantages is improved conductivity compared to lithium-ion batteries. Namely, the solid electrolyte found in this type of battery has higher conductivity even at extremely low temperatures compared to liquid electrolytes at their optimal operating temperature. It’s an item that should provide enough battery power in all conditions.
This type of battery can be used in various industries. In the automotive sector, this technology can serve the development of safe and highly conductive rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, and its extended lifetime reduces the consumption of raw materials.
The Bonn-based HPB firm aims to bring its technology to market quickly through a licensing model, engaging with potential licensees around the world. Switzerland, in agreement with the company, is planning a large factory of this type of batteries that would cover its market.