Lithops is the first Italian Li-ion technology developer and provider, established in Turin in 2010. Lithops is partner with global leading players and Universities to develop proprietary lithium battery technologies focusing on next generation active materials and assembly processes.
Lithops has installed the first production scale Li-ion pouch cell assembling line in Italy (presently one of few in Europe), covering from active material mixing to cell forming, and has gained almost seven years of experience in designing and assembling electrodes for different applications and using different active materials.
At the end of 2015 Lithops became part of the Seri Group, being incorporated in its subsidiary FIB (owner of the FAAM brand). FAAM has more than 40 years of experience in producing lead-acid batteries for stationary, traction and automotive applications and almost 10 years of experience in assembling Li-ion batteries, having developed its own property control and cooling systems. Seri, through its Seri Plast and Seri Plant, combines more than 20 years of experience in lead recycling turnkey plant and plastic recovery and recycling.
Today, Seri Group has 800 employees, € 180m turnover, its Industrial division is listed in Milano stock market under KR Energy. Thanks to the combined experiences, the Group aims to develop the first Italian Li-ion battery vertical supply chain, from raw materials to second life battery reuse. By the end of 2018, Lithops and FAAM plan to establish the first lithium-ion cell and battery production plant (under our battery brand FAAM) in Teverola (close to Napoli) with an initial capacity of 200 MWh, targeting military, industrial and storage applications. Lithops core competences are related to study and development of low environmental impact materials, cathodic and anodic electrode process development with different materials, and soft pouch lithium-ion cell assembly and formation.
Lithops has several years of experience in the development of Li-ion technologies, both at lab and at industrial level. The pilot plant installed in Turin, with a capacity of 200 kWh/y, consists of industrial equipments, allowing the researchers to face all the challenges related to the scale-up of processes (with different materials, recipes, procedures), as well as gaining knowledge on the parameters which may affect the cell performances. After the acquisition, Lithops has become the R&D centre for Li-ion and post-Li-ion technologies for the Seri Group. Among the R&D topics on which the Group is investing there is the development of Li-ion batteries with next generation materials (generations 3-4).