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MTU partners with Li-Ion battery specialist Akasol

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Akasol's Lothar Holder: For us, this is a quantum leap

JULY 21, 2015 — Darmstadt, Germany, based Li-Ion (lithium ion) battery specialist Akasol GmbH  says it has formed a development partnership with Rolls-Royce’s MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH unit. The partnership is aimed at developing and delivering battery systems for MTU’s hybrid and e-drive propulsion systems for marine and other applications.

“I am very pleased that with MTU we have found an expert partner and one of the world’s most important manufacturers of propulsion systems. This partnership gives us completely new opportunities to further the development of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems. For us, this is a quantum leap,” says Lothar Holder, Executive Managing Director of Akasol, in the course of the publication of the cooperation agreement.

“Since our companies already cooperate together for several years, we are very pleased and looking forward to a closer cooperation between MTU Friedrichshafen and Akasol. Energy storage for hybrid propulsions of off-highway-applications enlarges our system expertise to another fundamental component for the future. Together with our partner we are able to perform as a supplier for complete systems,” says Christos Ramnialis, Executive Vice President of sales, service and network at MTU Friedrichshafen.

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