Anodox partners with Shell on liquid immersion battery
Sweden’s Anodox, which manufactures and supplies long-life, high-performance batteries and IoT modules, and Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd have formed a strategic, long-term collaboration to co-develop and market liquid immersion battery pack solutions for passenger cars, light-duty commercial vehicles and energy storage systems (ESS), built with multiple life cycles in mind.
Liquid immersion battery technology provides more precise management and optimisation of battery cell performance across a wide range of operating conditions, including extremes of climate and operating temperature, mitigating the impact of these demands on the battery and thereby extending its useful life.
The global urgency to switch to renewable forms of energy has created unprecedented demand for batteries. Forecasts predict that battery demand will far outweigh supply for probably the next five years, whilst manufacturers such as Anodox ramp up production to meet demand.
The new collaboration positions Shell as the official global partner for the supply of thermal fluids to Anodox for its future battery applications. Together the companies aim to bring high quality, cost-effective battery solutions into the mainstream and help address key OEM challenges around raw materials sourcing, battery production and recycling.
The partnership stems from a shared vision to create a fully sustainable circularity around battery production, usage and repurposing, whilst prioritising safety. It will co-develop solutions to maximise the battery life and in-service performance.
Anodox selected Shell as its thermal fluids partner based on its commitment to battery circularity, the strength and depth of Shell’s knowledge of dielectric fluids, its expertise in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics modelling, as well as its global reach.
"The urgency to meet a growing need for sustainable energy solutions and the need for European Energy Security, means that the demand for Anodox batteries has surged. Our partnership with Shell will enable us to accelerate our plans to bring class-leading liquid immersion batteries to market using Shell’s range of superior thermal fluids," said Theodore Zannakis, CEO of Anodox.
"By combining our respective R&D technologies to co-develop and market solutions that protect the value and longevity of high voltage batteries we will be able to meet the future needs of automotive and ESS applications while supporting the security of European energy sustainability and we look forward to building deeper relationships with our shared OEM customers," he added.