By Nick Morrison
Tuesday, 2nd April saw a presentation by AGM Batteries given over at the ICIT campus . The talk was hosted by OREF (Orkney Renewable Energy Forum).
AGM company is 20 years old they have a few locations in the British Isles one of which is at Thurso where they employ 250 people in high tech jobs which makes it a very important local employer .
They “are a company that manufactures advanced Lithium battery cells, develops and supplies AGM branded rechargeable Li-ion and non-rechargeable Lithium cells.”
AGM as a company are not interested in the volume lithium battery market that is sewn up by the Chinese companies . Instead they have concentrated on flexibility .
An instance was quoted where the Chinese company gave notice to a European company that they were discontinuing a particular line of battery . This is where AGM can step in .
Lithium ion batteries were invented in the British Isles but sold for peanuts to a Japanese company . AGM is working at the cutting edge of new technology and is determined that will not happen again .
The current problem with disposal of lithium ion batteries is likely to be solved by smart cells . These smart cells can record what has happened to the battery during its lifetime .
At one point they were asked by Land Rover to make an all electric Land Rover . They made a few which Land Rover took to all the shows .
We can look forward to more cooperation between ICIT campus and AGM .
Lithium ion battery assemblers do not grow on trees , AGM have found that they need to train people from the bottom up . One of their locations in the south concentrates on talking to colleges and the like . We were shown a photograph of a young one from Thurso who was previously a hairdresser is now one of the best lithium ion battery makers in the business .