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Tertiary battery class - Mega Amps adds to their technology portfolio with novel Li-ion current collector structure.

London, UK, and Cape Town, South Africa, 05 August 2020

 

Mega Amps, the global pioneer in stored energy solutions and Energy-Storage-as-a-Service solutions business, has added a future technology prospect within Li-ion chemistry to their technology integration growth path to support their ESaaS model.

“We have over the last decade developed novel current collectors for lead-acid batteries, but with an intensified focus on advanced chemistries and our vision of a technology agnostic Mega Amps in the future, our Research and Development arm has moved to transfer our expertise into alternative chemistries” , said Neill Human, board member. “We have developed a current collector structure that allows access to the battery active material for both the charge and discharge reactions in unison, which basically means we have a new class of battery we like to call a tertiary battery based on how primary and secondary batteries are defined. We call it the “uni-cycle””

“Mega Amps will endeavour to partner with third-parties that have competencies in Li-ion prototype manufacturing and product development to build the initial prototypes for testing, transferring know-how from the existing lead-acid based prototypes already demonstrating the solution and taking Li-ion application to the next level” said Frank Pretorius, MD of Mega Amps UK.

Neill Human continued: “We have demonstrated within the lead-acid chemistry that we can access the active material with a charge and discharge process at the same time, where a quasi-independent dual set of electrical circuits exist for the opposing reactions that both modify the active material at their respective rates and we believe that this can be transferred directly into other chemistries by modification of the current collector designs”

Mega Amps will target Uninterruptable Power Supply, Hybridisation of combustion vehicles and Grid services such as frequency regulation as core market applications for this technology in the future. “The applications are very specific, with this new technology offering the very first “In-Line” double-conversation UPS topology as opposed to the current “On-line” double-conversion UPS systems. We have also demonstrated a significant fuel saving potential with integration of lead-acid based versions of this technology on commercial combustion driven vehicles, where the battery now acts as a chemical reservoir directly instituted between supply and load, with both charge and discharge proceeding at varying rates through the battery chemistry in real-time” said Human.

Mega Amps will now be seeking relevant industry partnerships to develop the technology further and transition it from its current form in Lead-Acid to various other chemistries, with an initial focus on Li-ion and are inviting companies with expertise in Li-ion prototype manufacturing to contact us in this regard.

 

About Mega Amps

With its Head-office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK  and a R&D facility in Cape Town South Africa, Mega Amps has been pioneering energy storage solutions since 2010. Recently nominated as a finalist in the Battery Council International 2020 Innovation awards, Mega Amps continually strives to push the boundaries of what’s possible in energy storage.

 

For further information regarding Mega Amps or for collaboration opportunities please visit www.mega-amps.com or contact Frank Pretorius via email at frank@mega-amps.co.uk

Mega Amps announces decision to offer Zero Down, Energy Storage as a Service

London, UK, and Cape Town, South Africa, 29 June 2020.

Mega Amps, the global pioneer in stored energy solutions, today announced that the firm would be offering a Zero Down,  Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) product range for approved large scale C&I, IPP’s, Utilities and Mines and is finalising the last of the details around investor funding.

“In 2020 the world changed and Mega Amps decided that in order to accelerate the drive towards a renewable and sustainable future and be a leader in energy storage solutions that the firm would change the way we do business by significantly improving the value proposition for our customers and investors” , said Frank Pretorius, Director.” “Large scale battery deployments alongside renewable developments such as Solar and Wind and are being held back due to the constrained global financial situation. Firms can now focus on their own businesses efficiencies by shifting to the ESaaS model. Our customers are able to access all the benefits of storage without having to borrow large sums to finance the projects.”

Fellow board member, Neill Human continued: “At as low as $0.08 / kWh, the Zero Capex upfront could quite literally be the best energy storage value proposition on earth. by offering energy storage to replace generators at more than half the LCOE for most customers, Mega Amps’  ESaaS model could also serve to kill off fossil fuel consumption in developing countries with an estimated annual $40bn in fossil fuel consumption attributed to generators”

Funding for field deployments on up to 15 year /kWh leases is on a per project basis with a mixture of institutional, family office and private equity firms engaged. “This isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and a closed club. We are actively engaging funding partners from all sectors who see the benefits of diversification in their own portfolios and for whom IRR’s of between 40 – 60 percent are attractive,” said Human.

Localised partnerships are the way forward and the firms expect particular segments in the key focus areas of the UK & Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia to do particularly well.

About Mega Amps

With its Head-office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK  and a R&D facility in Cape Town South Africa, Mega Amps has been pioneering energy storage solutions since 2010. Recently nominated as a finalist in the Battery Council International 2020 Innovation awards, Mega Amps continually strives to push the boundaries of what’s possible in energy storage.

For further information regarding Mega Amps and the ESaaS offering please visit www.mega-amps.com. 

Mega Amps a finalist in the Battery Council International annual innovation awards.

London, UK, 27 February 2020.

Mega Amps, the global pioneer in stored energy solutions, has been named one of the finalists in the Battery Council International’s annual Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award with the entry of the Mega Amps EQLYTE active electrolyte management technology. 

The BCI awards panel consists of Dick Amistadi, Don Karner, Boris Monahov, and Geoffrey May, all well respected experts within the lead-acid battery industry who will review the various submissions and name this years innovation award winner. 

The Mega Amps EQLYTE technology entered into the competition improves flooded battery capacity with over 25% by actively managing electrolyte and stratification to optimize electrochemical hydrodynamics during both charge and discharge of the battery respectively. 

The technology readily integrates with existing manufacturing processes without disruption to improve the capacity and performance of flooded lead-acid batteries for use in motive and stationary applications. Managed by a micro-controller, the EQLYTE technology takes electrolyte management to a new level, that is more responsive and overcomes many of the kinetic hindrances associated with diffusion and migration of required constituents from the bulk electrolyte to the active regions within the active material pore matrix. 

Neill Human, technical lead for Mega Amps, says: “a 25% increase is profound, not only because it changes the competitiveness of flooded Lead-Acid batteries, but because it actually translates to a reduction of raw materials and processes within the manufacturing value chain. This means that flooded batteries with our EQLYTE technology can deliver what your application requires, but requires over 25% less lead to do so, further improving the highly developed circular economy of lead-acid batteries. It is as much an environmental win as it is a bottom-line win.”

Mega Amps is engaged with various international battery manufacturers and ancillary component manufacturers to integrate the technology into future flooded lead-acid batteries to increase the current energy density of the average cell from a low 29Wh/Kg to as high as 45Wh/Kg. 

About Mega Amps

With its Head-office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK  and a R&D facility in Cape Town South Africa, Mega Amps has been pioneering energy storage solutions since 2010. Recently nominated as a finalist in the Battery Council International 2020 Innovation awards, Mega Amps continually strives to push the boundaries of what’s possible in energy storage.

For further information regarding Mega Amps and the ESaaS offering please visit www.mega-amps.com. 

Mega Amps' R&D partner secures EUREKA Eurostar Grant

London, UK, and Cape Town, South Africa, 19 July 2019.

A joint project between Aurelius Environmental, a UK battery recycling start-up, and Elektron Energy, a South African battery firm, has been allocated a €250,000 ($280,000) grant to combine technologies which they say will ‘uproot’ the battery industry.

The firms claim the project, which combines lightweight grid technology with the leady oxide by-product of Aurelius’s recycling process, will lead to better batteries at a lower production cost.

“Achieving close to 80Wh/kg using low cost and abundant lead-based materials with an extension in life cycle to boot will uproot the battery industry as a whole and provide a platform for fierce competition against that of Li-ion type batteries for specific applications,” said Elektron director Neill Human.

The funding will come from Eureka Eurostars, a cross-continental authority co-funded by the EU funding programme Horizon 2020, which awards grants for SMEs and their partners ‘for innovative projects that will be rapidly commercialized’.

Aurelius technology director Athan Fox told BESB the collaboration with Elektron had been formed through the social media networking site LinkedIn. He said he was approached by Elektron Energy with a view to licensing Aurelius’s hydrometallurgical battery recycling technology, which produces leady oxides that the company says can enhance battery performance.

“We were discussing the business model and realized that these guys knew a lot about battery technology and were innovating battery grids,” he said. “What they’ve done in making grids is already in our innovation strategy.

“Our material makes the battery more active, but we need to improve the battery to make it lighter. While we were in the lab they showed us some data and we figured if we applied for some funding that incorporated both of our respective technologies then that’s like a stepping stone for us to battery development.”

Elektron’s lightweight battery grid technology is licensed by the company from Mega Amps, an energy storage solution developer based in the UK.

“The nanostructured leady oxide as output from the Aurelius process when coupled with lightweight battery grid technology provides an exciting opportunity within the bi-polar battery sphere,” said Neill Human.

“With the combination of our respective technologies and expertise we are targeting a significant improvement in lead-acid battery chemistry and battery design that could serve to usher in a new era of lead-acid batteries and break the energy density stigma surrounding these batteries.

“We are firmly of the belief that we can leverage our existing breakthroughs together, achieving a bi-polar lead acid based battery achieving up to 80Wh/kg at high discharge rates, more than double that of industrial type lead acid batteries.

“In a nutshell, we are looking forward to this collaboration and we see ourselves pioneering a new avenue for the trusted age-old lead acid battery.”

Elektron has also won support from the South African Department of Science and Technology for the collaboration, which has been named PRO-LAB.

Aurelius, which developed its recycling technology with the help of Cambridge University, said it had received ‘60 expressions of interest globally’ about its process.

hydrodynamics during both charge and discharge of the battery respectively.