The world has come a long way from the days of Alessandro Volta’s first true battery, the voltaic pile. Although technological advancements have birthed batteries that are portable and can store energy for long durations, the research and development (R&D) aspect still has major scope for improvement. One of the issues that have been limiting the growth of new, innovative battery technology – e.g. the lately thriving solid-state-batteries, is the lack of standardized commercial testing equipment for researchers. As such, researchers have to invest time and energy in creating home-built equipment and as a result obtain data that is disproportionate to the industry benchmarks. With each lab creating its own testing equipment, the variance in the data and findings between contemporaries has grown more prominent. It is evident that the industry requires a proficient testing solutions provider whose solutions can bring forward an era of standardized research avenues. Paris-based Sphere Energy has revolutionized the battery R&D space through its precise test-equipment focus on all-solid-state battery (ASSB) testing, and catalysis in the space of CO2 reduction and Hydrogen production. With Sphere’s two major products: the ASC – focused on ASSB testing and the FLC – specialized on catalytic reactions with flowing electrolyte – the team’s mission is to enable researches around the world, to collectively work on a better, greener tomorrow. “With our products, researchers can focus on conducting experiments without the need to develop their own equipment and obtain standardized data that can be shared with the entire industry,” says Dr. Lukas Lutz, Co-founder of the company. This benefit implies that the disparity between the fundamental research and testing solutions has been nullified by Sphere Energy’s affordable, reliable, and innovative solutions.

A rising topic is the research around solid-state batteries, which will enable higher energy density, faster charging and more safety for EV’s and consumer electronics. The company’s ASC solution assists users in understanding the crucial parameters of such solid-electrolyte battery systems, e.g.: stack pressure, expansion and contraction of the materials and even the analysis of produced gases during cycling. Similarly, the FLC helps test catalytic reactions used to reduce CO2 emission or produce hydrogen—a technology that has gained significant traction in recent times.

Being researchers themselves, the team of Sphere Energy develops their products through the eye of the user. “That’s a key aspect to always serve the real needs of our customers. Our solutions aim for maximum flexibility in experiments and feature several functionalities, which allow the users to explore different combinations and settings for thorough research—says Luca Scherrer, Co-Founder of the company.

With our products, researchers can focus on conducting experiments without the need to develop their own equipment and obtain standardized data that can be shared with the entire industry

On top of its highly sought-after solutions, team Sphere Energy utilizes the vast experience it has amassed to offer consultancy services. From guiding customers to choose the suitable raw materials and equipment and assisting them in data analysis to helping them identify the experiments for obtaining the desired results, Sphere’s services shoulder it all.

“We work closely with our customers, acknowledge their viewpoints, and develop solutions that have a judicious blend of reliability, great user experience, and affordability. That simply reduces the margin for error and researchers receive satisfactory results,” says Dr. Daniel Alves Dalla Corte, Co-Founder and CTO at Sphere-Energy. Moreover, as no two customers’ requirements are the same, the company continually pushes the research envelope by introducing the latest technologies and propelling the battery R&D industry to the future.

Sphere Energy’s collaboration with industrial research labs demonstrates the company’s ability to bridge the gap between fundamental R&D and applied research towards industrial scale and production. In one case, an industrial client did not have the specialized equipment required to test the performance of materials with regards to application in solid-state batteries. Sphere Energy delivered its packaged ASC solutions the client was ready to kick-start his material testing operations – being able to identify key performance indicators for his materials and judge potential application in solid-state batteries. To ensure that the client could reap the full benefits of the solution, Sphere also conducted one-day workshops for sharing knowledge and exchange of best practices with the researchers.

Even with successes in such endeavors, Sphere Energy is constantly on the lookout for technologies that would answer customer’s ever-changing requirements. With that aim, the company is making necessary arrangements to provide material testing services that would further enable the customers to invest their time in research rather than in the testing process itself.