Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) signs a strategic collaboration with Nyobolt for the next generation of battery powered automotive powertrains


  • Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and Nyobolt have signed a strategic collaboration designed to support the next generation of high power density batteries
  • The new class of niobium-powered lithium-ion battery technology from Nyobolt delivers a step change in power density, cycle life and fast charging capability, offering 10 times that of conventional EV Battery Systems in the marketplace today
  • The technology has ideal attributes for high performance vehicles, such as motorsport – a sector in which WAE is actively involved as sole battery provider for Extreme E, Formula E Gen 3 and ETCR.
  • They are also relevant for heavy duty powertrains such as those used in mining, and other commercial applications where cycle life and uptime are critical characteristics


13 July 2021: Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and niobium-based battery start-up, Nyobolt, announce an engineering and systems integration partnership designed to support and advance an additional solution for the next generation of high power battery systems.


The initial steps in this partnership will be to further assess and develop the technology in a close collaboration, with the next steps being technology demonstration activities to grow market awareness of this exciting technological development.


Nyobolt, a fast growing company tracing its roots to Cambridge University, was founded by Professor Clare Grey and Dr Sai Shivareddy to introduce ultra-fast charging batteries into the market based on a decade of research on new battery anode materials.


The new class of battery technology has been designed to support ultra-fast charging capability, ideally suited to motorsport applications; a sector in which WAE is currently a leading provider supporting battery provision for Extreme E, Formula E Gen 3 and ETCR.


In addition, the technology will be appropriate for heavy duty powertrains such as those used in mining, a sector currently targeting a zero emissions goal


With a life cycle significantly higher than standard lithium-ion batteries, the technology is perfectly suited for next generation applications that require high power, long life or high cycling. The market opportunity is expected to be over 30 gigawatt hours.


“We are delighted to be part of this engineering and systems integration partnership that we believe will address a wide range of opportunities across a number of diverse applications and we look forward to working with the team at Nyobolt” said Paul McNamara, Technical Director, Williams Advanced Engineering.


Nyobolt CEO Dr Sai Shivareddy added “Nyobolt is on a mission to supercharge the electric revolution with our ultra-fast charging, ultra-high power density battery systems. Our technology is perfectly suited to the arenas within which Williams Advanced Engineering operates, including electric powertrains and other power hungry applications ranging from motorsports to heavy industrial applications and we are delighted to be part of this exciting collaboration with them”



Notes to Editors: 

About Williams Advanced Engineering (“WAE”)

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is a world-leading technology and engineering services business delivering pioneering innovation to improve performance, efficiency and sustainability to a global customer base.


Combining cutting-edge technological advances and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from the ultra-competitive environment of motorsport, Williams Advanced Engineering’s capabilities cover a wide range of disciplines.

The company provides ground-breaking innovation covering electrification, lightweighting, systems and whole product development, all aided by advanced simulation, rapid prototype manufacturing, testing, and in close collaboration with our customers, Williams Advanced Engineering is committed to meeting the continued sustainability challenges of the 21st Century.


The company can trace its foundations back to 2010 when Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations; a division which later became Williams Advanced Engineering Limited. In December 2019, Williams Grand Prix Engineering sold a majority equity stake in Williams Advanced Engineering to EMK Capital.


Williams Advanced Engineering has grown from an embryonic business in 2010 to a company employing 350 people engaged in leading-edge and transformative technologies for a growing list of clients. The investment by EMK represented a natural next step in the evolution of the company, unlocking the potential for further growth.


The Company was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2018.

For more information see www.wae.com, follow on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.





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About Nyobolt


Nyobolt is commercialising high-power, ultra-fast-charging niobium-based Li-ion batteries. The company’s technology builds on a decade of niobium-based battery research led by University of Cambridge battery scientist Professor Clare Grey and is exclusively licensed from the University.


Nyobolt has assembled a world-leading implementation team combining decades of experience at Tesla, Lotus, Samsung, Dupont, Dyson, General Electric, A123 and Arthur D. Little through operations in the UK, US, and Asia. The company recently secured $10 million in Series A funding to build pilot facilities and grow engineering and application capabilities.


For more information, see www.nyobolt.com, follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.