Imec spin-off SOLiTHOR closes €10 million seed funding round to develop disruptive new solid-state battery cell technology


Solid-state batteries aim to take the performance of conventional battery systems to the next level in terms of energy density, charging speed, weight and volume. Imec has been investing for 10 years in new technologies to further increase the performance of solid-state batteries, while offering components that allow an assembly process that is more compatible with conventional Li-ion battery assembly lines.

Huw Hampson Jonesfounder and CEO of SOLiTHOR, said: “SOLiTHOR’s technology is unique and is based on revolutionary chemistry and components: the nano-solid composite electrolyte and the nano-anode, launched in EnergyVille laboratories and patented by the imec. This breakthrough technology will improve energy density, charge speeds and most importantly increase safety and will be much easier to manufacture than other solid state batteries. The research and development program will be led by Founder and Director of technology, Dr. Fanny Bardea seasoned expert in battery technology, working with imec’s R&D teams.”

“We are delighted to see SOLiTHOR bringing some of our most promising technologies to market. We believe that SOLiTHOR is well on the way to unlocking the great potential of this technology for society: contributing to the reduction of our carbon footprint through further electrification of our vehicles and contribute to Europe strategic positioning and independence in the energy sector. SOLiTHOR will impact our local economy through the expected establishment of manufacturing activities to serve its customers worldwide,” says Olivier RousseauVenture Development Director at imec.

“Imec.xpand helps create innovative technology companies that have the potential to become global players by disrupting the field in which they operate. SOLiTHOR is a perfect example of an ambitious company in an area of ​​strategic importance for the region and the continent.” says Peter Vanbekbergen, partner at imec.xpand.

SOLiTHOR has the ambition to become a world leader in solid-state battery technology. It aims to become a key supplier in the European battery value chain and aims to make a strong contribution to European exports by supplying global markets and decarbonizing society.


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