Research is core to what we do and current industry-led projects are strengthening our UK supply chain and providing high performance demonstrator applications for ultra-compact energy storage.

We are investigating the potential benefits of next generation Li-ion cell chemistries and super capacitor technologies to bring them closer to commercialisation. We are also investing in our IP around our battery management system to improve efficiency and provide enhanced functionality for customers working at the leading edge of technology development.

Projects

High Energy Density Battery

Paving the way for future generation batteries will be a ground breaking new £19.4m project that teams Nissan with new academic and technology partners in the UK, supported with a £9.7m grant from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

Hyperdrive is a partner in the consortium that also includes Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, Newcastle University and Zero Carbon Futures, who will work together on key areas of battery development covering pilot projects, product diversification and process improvement.

For Hyperdrive this project is key to driving up volumes of the battery packs that we make incorporating our own in-house developed battery management system technology. Through the collaboration we will utilise the highest quality battery cells and modules to commercialise a modular energy storage system developed and manufactured to automotive standards and configurable for a wide range of applications.

Off-Highway Vehicle Electrification

Supported by InnovateUK Hyperdrive is undertaking two off-highway vehicle demonstrations with OEM partners.

The first is the hybridisation of the powertrain of an aircraft push-back tractor and involves downsizing the diesel engine and running it at its most efficient operating point, driving an electric machine as a generator.

The second project involves design of an innovative zero emission lightweight electric mini compact sweeping machine for municipal and contractor use in town and shopping centre. An industry step change machine, the new lighter vehicle will allow the integration of an all-electric drivetrain and a new in wheel geared motor to meet the challenging power, torque, packaging and manoeuvrability demands.

Ultra Low Temperature Battery

In partnership with OXIS Energy Ltd we are working on an Ultra-Low Temperature Battery (ULTB) project. This project will explore the feasibility of a high energy density battery chemistry with innovative packaging and control electronics that will be capable of operating in one of the harshest environments in the world. Such a battery would allow British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to significantly increase autonomous scientific measurements made in the Antarctic without increasing transport costs or emissions.

Active Cell Balancer BMS

A novel battery management system (BMS) developed by Hyperdrive balances load, reduces cost and improves cell efficiency and charging times. In passive systems, when a cell needs balancing, a switch is turned on and power is dissipated in a resistor to bring the cell into balance. In this BMS, which relies on proprietary balancing algorithms, a transformer is used. This allows the charge to be ‘shuffled’ from an individual cell back into the pack. Charge can also be moved from the pack to the cell, increasing balance efficiency.

Hybrid Driveline for Vehicles with Manual Gearbox

This project is bringing to market a hybrid driveline system for vehicles with manual gearboxes. This will offer selectable drive modes for full EV, hybrid and conventional internal combustion engine driving. The project outcome provides opportunities for engine downsizing, electric only drive, reduced emissions and improved performance.

POD

Supported by the Niche Vehicle Network, Hyperdrive is partnering with Westfield Sports Cars to open up new markets for their innovative driverless passenger shuttle. We will deploy our latest Li-ion battery technology on the autonomous vehicle to provide a significant improvement in duty cycle and lifetime cost in comparison with the current lead acid battery solution.