Hydro-Québec (Montréal, Canada) and Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology Ltd. (China) today announced the signing of a licensing agreement for the use of patents related to solid-state lithium batteries. This agreement will enable Kingpower to use technology developed by Hydro-Québec to manufacture batteries destined to the Chinese automotive market.
“The signing of this license will allow a technology developed in Québec to promote the electrification of transportation while taking advantage of the rapid growth of this sector in China,” said Karim Zaghib, General Director, Center of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage at Hydro-Québec.
This technology is especially well suited for use in electric vehicles as solid-state batteries are much safer and have twice as much energy density as standard lithium-ion batteries. A pilot assembly line will be put in place at Kingpower’s factory in collaboration with Hydro-Québec.
“Electric vehicles are a revolution in the global automobile industry. Batteries are a core technology at the heart of this revolution. Developing electric vehicles provides an opportunity for China to compete on this burgeoning global market and the keys to winning this competition are technological innovation and the battery,” said Tiancheng Zhu, President, Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology Ltd.
This technology is the work of the team of Karim Zaghib, an internationally recognized expert. For a third year running, Karim Zaghib has been named among the most influential scientists in the world by Clarivate Analytics (formerly a division of Thomson Reuters) on their World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds list—one of the most prestigious rankings in the world.
This agreement will enable deeper cooperation between Canada and China in the field of energy and trigger the rapid development of the electric vehicle industry for both countries.
Dongshi Kingpower Science and Technology Ltd. is a high-tech enterprise with batteries at the heart of its development strategy. It operates the Science & Technology Achievements Transformation Base for the National & Local United Engineering Lab for Power Batteries. It has undertaken several national key task technology projects and the “863 Project.”