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Eindhoven company makes revolutionary battery that never catches fire: ‘Production is extremely difficult’ | Car

They last much longer, charge faster and never catch fire. The solid-state battery holds great promise for the future. LionVolt from Eindhoven raised millions of euros to develop one.




Everyone knows a story about an electric bicycle that burst into flames or a very expensive electric car in a parking garage that spontaneously went up in flames. With the advent of solid-state batteries, those stories are a thing of the past.


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They are not safe and not sustainable because chemicals are used in the production

Karl McGoldrick, director of the Eindhoven start-up LionVolt

Unlike the ‘wet’ lithium-ion batteries, which are now increasingly used, the solid-state battery never catches fire. “The risk of wet batteries is that the liquid in the battery gets hot and burns,” says Karl McGoldrick, director of the Eindhoven start-up LionVolt. “They are not safe and not sustainable because chemicals are used in the production.”

The solid state battery does not have these problems. The problem is that no company in the world has yet successfully brought such a battery to the market. “It’s being worked on all over the world,” McGoldrick said. “It is possible to make samples, but production in high volumes is very difficult.”

5.1 million euros

LionVolt is also working on a solid-state battery in Eindhoven. At the beginning of this year, the company on the High Tech Campus arose from research institutes TNO and Holst Centre, where the solid-state battery had been tinkered with for five years.

To further develop the battery, LionVolt has secured 4 million euros in investments, including from the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) and investment fund Innovation Industries. An investment round earlier this year already yielded 1.1 million euros.

Appeal to National Growth Fund

But to make the Eindhoven solid-state battery a success, much more money is needed. LionVolt therefore, together with other companies such as Demcon and Sioux, appeals to the National Growth Fund.

Through this fund, the Dutch government invests billions in developments that should strengthen the Dutch economy in the long term. McGoldrick does not say how much money the companies have asked: ,,It concerns several millions. We want to use that money to build a trial production line.”


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