MIRA and Itaipu partnership to develop next-gen Lithium battery



MIRA, a leading engineering, research and test consultancy with capabilities in electrical and hybrid systems, has announced a collaborative agreement with Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (FPTI) to develop a new center of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.

As the first project of the agreement, research and development for a new and flexible architecture lithium battery for stationary power and transportation applications will be the focus.

The project entails the transfer of technology, and the joint development of new intellectual property, enabling FPTI to develop a leading position in energy storage technologies. The combination of MIRA expertise in the international automotive market together with FPTI’s knowledge of energy production and storage for large stationary applications provides a solid base for the new battery development center.

The modular approach for the battery will allow the design to cover the storage of green energy such as wind and solar for stationary applications, while in transportation, motorcycles, trucks and buses will be the primary focus.

In addition, the initial program will provide the basis for further low-carbon developments.

Armando Canales, general manager at MIRA Brazil, said: “MIRA has been established in Brazil for over three years, and during this time we have fostered a strong relationship with Itaipu and FPTI. It is great that we have entered into this collaboration to develop state-of-the-art energy storage solutions, which support the development of the indigenous skills base by creating high technology jobs for both PTI and MIRA.”

Declan Allen, Chief Operating Officer at MIRA, said: “Brazil is a key strategic growth territory for MIRA and this exciting collaboration provides the opportunity to apply and further develop relevant MIRA technology with the demanding environments and duty cycles of the territory. It brings together two ambitious and capable partners with the intention to demonstrate Brazil’s competitiveness in emerging technologies, with the associated environmental benefits and contributions to the local economy.”