AKASOL'S AKM CYC BATTERY SYSTEM WITH 600 TO 1,000 KWH
Hall 5, booth 530
At the Battery Show North America 2019 (15 to 17 September), German manufacturer Akasol presents new battery solutions. Among it Akasol's new high-energy battery AKASystem AKM CYC which has entered serial development for the battery module and system and should outperform current solid-state battery solutions in terms of price competitiveness and availability.
Also Akasol announced that production at its first U.S. site in the metro Detroit area of Michigan will begin in 2020. Two thirds of the production facility’s initial capacity will cater for new customers. The remaining third will be dedicated to Akasol's existing customers so that they comply with Buy America Act regulations.
According to Akasol's president Roy Schulde the high-energy battery AKASystem AKM CYC starts sample operation by the end of 2019, followed by serial production in summer 2021. Akasol states these will be particularly suitable for long haul trucks and buses. Depending on the vehicle size the battery system capacity will be between 600 to 1,000 kWh. The system can also be fast charged up to 1C, significantly increasing the uptime of commercial vehicles and should meet the requirements of the fast chargers for commercial vehicles available currently, which are limited to a maximum power of 500 kW. The AKAModule CYC achieves energy density of 221 Wh/kg with liquid cooled battery modules, which are scalable and can be integrated in various system designs at the pack level.
Akasol will also present the 2nd generation of the AKASystem OEM PRC which enters serial production for two major commercial vehicle customers in mid-2020, will offer over more than 33% higher energy density and achieve approximately 400 kWh installed capacity in the same installation space. The system can also achieve charge rates of 2C and be fast charged with up to 500 kW.
Another highlight for hybrid and fully-electric vehicle applications will be the 48 V solution AKARack, which will be released as a serial product for construction vehicle and marine applications in mid-2020. The AKARack is a small 19-inch battery system that can be used for various applications. It comes with 6.5 kWh energy, can achieve C-rates of up to 2C and has powerful thermal management supported by liquid cooling architecture. AKASOL plans to make the AKARack available as a high voltage solution at the end of 2020.