Author: Tomas Nilsson

February 2021:

Altris is participating in the SIMBA project (Sodium-ion and sodium metal batteries for efficient and sustainable next-generation energy storage) which kicked off in January 2021.

The SIMBA project has the goal of delivering safe and low-cost all solid-state sodium battery technology for stationary applications. Reducing the use of critical materials is at the core of SIMBA, which will use sustainable battery materials to reduce supply risks, restrictions and environmental impact – all of which currently affect other technologies, such as Lithium-ion batteries.

The unprecedented concept of SIMBA is based on the integration of a sodium metal anode into a sodium free assembly architecture, including a highly porous support on the anode side, a single-ion conductive composite/hybrid polymer electrolyte and an innovative cathode material.

SIMBA gathers a consortium of 16 partners from 6 European Union and associated countries, with €8M in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

For more information on SIMBA, please contact the project coordinator Prof. Ralf Riedel: ralf.riedel@tu-darmstadt.de

February 2021:

We are pleased to announce that Altris’ Dr William Brant has successfully fulfilled the criteria for his docentship, elevating him to the role of Associate Professor at Uppsala University.

Dr Brant’s research focuses on the dynamic non-equilibrium processes in crystalline materials that govern the performance of devices and the formation of new materials. These processes take place at the sub-nanometer scale, such as the arrangement, movement and relaxation of atoms—to the macroscopic scale where inter-particle interactions drive device performance. Dr Brant’s particular focus is on how to use diffraction techniques to follow these non-equilibrium changes and direct the design of new materials.

One of the requirements for the docenship was the successful completion of a lecture on the research topic. Dr Brant’s lecture was entitled ‘300 years of Prussian Blue: The journey from unscrupulous alchemists to sustainable batteries’.

At Altris Dr Brant is one of the original founders and a current board member. He played a key role defining the original synthesis method upon which the company has been built. Today, using his expertise on Prussian blue analogues, Dr Brant provides insight on material design and performance of Fennac®.

Congratulations William!

January 2021:

According to a recent article published on the popular German website ‘Home and smart’, batteries based on Altris’ Fennac® compound are significantly more environmentally friendly, as neither lithium, nickel or cobalt are used. This means that the supply chain is much more stable. In addition to the iron used in Fennac®, the original sources of the other substances are air, sea water and wood and are therefore much more sustainable. The article concludes that companies like Altris can offer an alternative solution to lithium-ion batteries that promises significantly more sustainability.

You can read more (in German) from Home and Smart’s interview with Altris here.

January 2021:

Altris is pleased to announce that the prestigious German Cluster of Excellence, POLiS, has placed an order for 10kg of the groundbreaking cathode material Fennac®.

POLiS researches the next generation of batteries and is a joint cluster of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Ulm University, with the associated partners the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg and the Justus-Liebig University Giessen. The cluster researches batteries that are more powerful, more reliable, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly than the current lithium-ion batteries. The Cluster of Excellence shares Altris’ vision that post-lithium batteries have the potential to store more energy, be safer, offer a more cost-effective alternative and are a long-term option for mass applications such as stationary and mobile electrochemical storage.

The inclusion of a large amount of Fennac® in POLiS’ battery technology pilot testing shows huge confidence in Altris’ development, and the trials process will be followed with great interest. Producing such a large amount of cathode material for this pilot test goes in line with Altris’ plans to ramp up production of Fennac®. Since 2017, Altris has been scaling up production tenfold every year, which is predicted to continue until 2025.

December 2020:

Dear friends,

It’s almost been a year since I took the helm as the new CEO at Altris, and I thought now was a good time as any to reflect on the many successes of the company in the months gone by. For those who do not know me, my name is Adam Dahlquist and I took over the reins at Altris from Tim Nordh in February this year. Tim now continues his fantastic work as CTO of the company.

2020 was a big year for Altris. In what was a challenging time around the world, Altris still managed to produce its groundbreaking cathode material Fennac®. In 2020, Altris delivered its product to battery cell customers and partners who are developing Fennac® based battery in flow-batteries, solid state batteries and most commonly, a Fennac®-hard carbon based battery which has performance parity with the type of lithium iron phosphate battery that you would find in the latest Tesla Model S. 2020 was also the year when Altris became an international company, shipping Fennac® to six countries around the world.

This year was also the year when more of the world got to know Altris’ name, and with it came recognition for the research and development we are carrying out. In May, Altris was invited to join EBA250, an industrial development programme of the European Battery Alliance. This project-driven community brings together more than 400 industrial and innovation actors, from the mining industry to recycling, with the common objective to build a strong and competitive European battery industry. Then in September 2020, Altris was named in the prestigious ‘Ny Teknik’ list as 1 of 33 of the best and most innovative tech companies in Sweden. The annual Swedish list gives recognition to up and coming companies that have the greatest potential of becoming big in tomorrow’s tech world.

2020 was also a strong year for Altris’ financial development. The Swedish Energy Agency and the EU placed it’s trust in Altris in the form of a 10 MSEK (1m Euro) grant, mainly to scale Fennac® production, another 10 MSEK grant was given to close partners in Sweden and another 75 MSEK to European partners to develop Fennac® based battery cells. Furthermore, Altris’ share issue in July was oversubscribed, giving the financial backing to scale up production.

With those partners, as well as with customers in Europe, China and India, our common goal is to demonstrate that the next generation of batteries will be based on elements that are available in abundance. Altris’ business model focuses on cathode manufacturing that can act as a drop-in solution for lithium-ion battery manufacturing, allowing for quick upscaling to be possible and to capture the great potential that exists around this new battery chemistry. The financial backing in 2020 has enabled Altris to invest in staffing and equipment that will support the continued success of the company in the years to come.

Looking to 2021 and Altris plans to increase the production capacity of Fennac® tenfold. This will enable enough cathode material to create 5 MWh of battery cells to be produced. This goes in line with Altris’ plan to scale production tenfold every year between 2017 until 2025. Currently Altris provides Fennac® to 7 entities that have already decided to learn how to make Fennac® based batteries. The increase in production in 2021 will not only enable us to ship to even more companies, but there will also be enough material for demonstrations of big battery packs.

2020 has been a challenging and eventful year – so I wish you all the best for the festive period, and look forward to working with you in 2021.

Best regards,

Adam Dahlquist
Altris CEO