Staffed by a rotating team from Cockeysville’s R&D, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering departments, the incubator touches on all industry segments and applications that Saft serves.
Work in progress includes advancing cell development by utilizing lithium manganese iron phos-phate (LMFP). Compared to lithium-iron phosphate, this low-cost material promises increased energy density (operating time) without compro-mising on safety. Currently the team is working to improve the LMFP cycling life and power capability by optimizing electrode structure and electrolyte composition. With successful devel-opment Saft will be able to produce extremely safe cells (similar to iron phosphate today) without sacrificing energy density in comparison to tradi-tional lithium-ion (Li-ion) chemistry based cells. Thus, answering the need for next-generation technology that brings higher performance, enhanced safety and advanced functionality.
The incubator fosters collaboration across Saft’s scientific community to ensure that our engineers are develo-ping products that offer solutions to real world problems, more effectively and more quickly. For instance, the electrical engineering team members designed and demonstrated a new module-monitoring circuit board that reduces size and cost by half, when compared to Saft’s legacy electronics. The demonstration effort provided the confidence needed to propose the new electronics in a large defense project with critical space constraints.
Saft not only takes great pride in improving the future of battery technology, but also in the community’s. In partnership with the University of Maryland, the Cockeysville incubator works with graduate students to learn about industry advancements and innovative technologies in tandem, collaborating on real-time projects, as well as cases from the students’ coursework. These mutually beneficial partnerships allow our experts to explore new ideas and the students to gain real world experience.
Technological innovation is at Saft’s core, and the Cockeysville incubator is an exceptional example of our pioneering efforts to further technology and commercial applications through new chemistries, and mechanical and electrical designs. With great pride in improving the industry, Saft is investing in research and innovation and will continue to develop next-generation battery systems for future applications.
“If you’d like to see what we’re currently working on, or share insight into upcoming technology challenges you’ve identified within your own business, we’d love to hear from you,” highlights Carine Margez the Cockeysville incubator leader.
The incubator fosters collaboration across Saft’s scientific community to ensure that our engineers are developing products that offer solutions to real world problems, more effectively and more quickly.