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Airbus, Renault Group partner to advance research on next-gen battery systems

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French companies Airbus and Renault Group - global leaders in aerospace and automotive sector respectively - have signed a research and development agreement that aims at enhancing transversalities and synergies to accelerate both companies' electrification roadmaps, improving their respective range of products. 

As part of this partnership, Airbus' and Renault Group's engineering teams will join forces to mature technologies related to energy storage, relating to future hybrid-electric aircrafts and next-generation battery systems in EVs - which remains to be one of the main roadblocks for the development of long-range electric vehicles. 

The cooperation agreement will notably cover technology bricks related to energy management optimization and battery weight improvement, and will look for the best pathways to move from current cell chemistries (advanced lithium-ion) to all solid-state designs which could double the energy density of batteries in the 2030 timeframe.

"For the first time, two European leaders from different industries, are sharing engineering knowledges to shape the future of hydrid-electric aircrafts. Aviation is an extremely demanding field in terms of both safety and energy consumption, and so is the car industry", said Gilles Le Borgne, EVP, Engineering, Renault Group.

"At Renault Group, our 10 years of experience in the electric vehicle value chain gives us some of the strongest feedback from the field and expertise in the performance of battery management systems. Driven by the same ambition to innovate and reduce the carbon footprint, our engineering teams are exchanging with those of Airbus to converge transversal technologies that will enable both hybrid aircraft to be operated and the vehicles of tomorrow to be developed", he added. 

Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer, said "This cross-industry partnership with Renault Group will help us mature the next generation of batteries as part of Airbus' electrification roadmap. 

"Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is a unique challenge that requires cooperation across sectors, starting today. Bringing together Renault Group's experience in EVs with our own track record in electric flight demonstrators will allow us to accelerate the development of the disruptive technologies required for future hybrid aircraft architectures in the 2030s and beyond. It will also foster the emergence of common technical and regulatory standards in support of the clean mobility solutions needed to achieve our climate targets", he added. 

Moreover, the joint work will also study the full lifecycle of future batteries, from production to recyclability, in order to prepare the industrialization of these future battery designs while assessing their carbon footprint across their entire lifecycle. 

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Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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