Cadenza’s supercell technology provides a holistic solution for the cell, module and pack/rack. Cadenza’s unique cell design combines the best properties from wound jelly rolls and large prismatic cells allowing for game-changing safe, reliable, high energy density solutions at low cost for EV, PHEV, energy storage, telecom and other specialty markets.
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It’s been over a year since the McMicken battery facility in Surprise, Arizona began to smoke and eventually exploded. We’ve learned a lot since then. I spent the last several weeks digging through a series of investigations, tracing what happened, why safety systems failed, how designs should change and what approaches can better protect firefighters. (You can read those analyses here, here and here.)
Cadenza, founded by Onnerud in 2012, has developed a battery architecture and manufacturing platform that aims to cost-effectively eliminate one of the biggest issues facing the grid storage industry today. As seen in fires at energy storage system (ESS) facilities in South Korea, China and in Arizona, one cell catching fire can cause enormous damage as fire propagation causes it to cascade from cell to cell. The company announced yesterday that its battery cells have been proven to stop propagation when thermal runaway is induced, having earned UL9540A certification. Under that testing, battery cells are “artificially” made to burn.
There has been much discussion over the past few years about the ‘energy transition’. The underlying premise is that the transition to lower and zero-carbon energy sources should be accelerated to mitigate the impact of global warming. The current pandemic is shining additional light on global inter-connectivity and the need to collaborate and share best practices.
Battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage will play an important part of the broader energy transition. Key topics include understanding cost trends and competitiveness of these technologies and challenges ahead for alternative storage technologies.
Roman Kramarchuk, head of energy scenarios, policy and technology analytics at S&P Global Platts, talks with Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation.