Johnson Controls-Saft & Maxwell Technologies To Develop Electrodes For Li-Ion HEVs

April 21, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions and Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced a development collaboration through which Maxwell will produce lithium-ion battery electrodes for testing and evaluation by Johnson Controls-Saft.

The electrodes for Li-Ion battery applications will incorporate Maxwell’s proprietary process demonstrated in ultracapacitor applications. The collaboration is intended to demonstrate optimized performance while reducing energy consumption, solvent recovery and capital investment.

"Our goal is to develop break-through technology on electrode manufacturing to reduce the cost and environmental impact of advanced automotive batteries for hybrid vehicles," said Mary Ann Wright, who leads the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture and is Vice President and General Manager of Johnson Controls’ hybrid business. "Maxwell has developed a unique manufacturing process that we can leverage through our global leadership in the development and manufacture of lithium-ion automotive batteries."

Through their collaboration, the two companies will evaluate the integration of Maxwell’s proprietary electrode process into the mass production of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles.

"Johnson Controls-Saft is an ideal advanced battery collaborator with which to explore a high-volume application that could create substantial additional value from the patented process Maxwell originally developed to produce carbon powder-based ultracapacitor electrode material," said Maxwell’s President and Chief Executive Officer David Schramm.