Project Description

High Temperature, High Shock Rechargeable Battery Design
(CHiTS – Cell for High Temperature/Shock)

Project period: 10/2016 - 10/2018

Downhole energy storage systems are required for downhole power-generation. Currently, lithium-thionylchloride battery technology is used for power and energy storage; however, these batteries can only be used once, and pose environmental, health, and safety hazards. Moving away from the use of lithium-primary battery technology and towards a more sustainable power source would provide financial, environmental, and safety benefits. The goal of this project is to develop a high-temperature (150°C or higher) rechargeable battery solution as an energy storage system for downhole tools. The battery solution must be capable of withstanding harsh downhole conditions; i.e., high shock, torsional acceleration, and vibration.

Evolution Engineering

Location: Calgary, Canada
Founded: 2011
Staff: 78

Evolution Engineering (EVO) is a company that focuses on Measurement-While-Drilling (MWD) technology in the Oil and Gas sector. Fast and reliable data has always been a driver for success, yet in this key area, O&G had been eclipsed by other industries like telecom and transportation. To overcome low data transmission rates and high failure rates, EVO developed EVO ONE Unified Telemetry technology: the company’s answer to an antiquated MWD market built on incremental improvements to outdated technology. Since the commercial release of EVO ONE in 2013, EVO has focused on research, development, licensing, and knowledge-transfer in order to provide proactive solutions for tomorrow’s downhole telemetry and sensorbased problems. Development and commercialization of EVO ONE has quickly positioned Evolution Engineering as a leader and innovator in the downhole telemetry space. The company holds more than 185 patent filings in this field and is heavily investing into its R&D activities. To date, EVO has spent over $20 million on new project development alone. EVO continues to develop in-house, from-the-ground-up, nextgeneration communication and sensor technology.

Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH

Location: Itzehoe, Germany
Founded: 2012
Staff: 10-20

Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH (CCI) is a supplier of specialist and customised energy-storage devices based on lithium battery technology. CCI is experienced in processing most common active materials to meet the highest quality standards and offers their customers extensive in-line quality control data and tests. The range of customisation options (e.g. cell designs and cell specifications) is unique among commercial suppliers. The company’s diverse production processes are based on flexible modular technology, sound technical know-how and numerous patents held by our development partner firm.

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT)

Location: Itzehoe, Germany
Staff: 190

Fraunhofer ISIT develops and produces power electronics and microsystems according to customers’ specifications. Ultramodern technological equipment and expertise built-up over decades put Fraunhofer ISIT and its customers at the forefront of the field worldwide. Fraunhofer ISIT deals with all the important aspects of system integration, assembly and interconnection technology (packaging), and the reliability and quality of components, modules, and systems. The institute also provides manufacturing support for application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to operate sensors and actuators. Activities are rounded off by the development of electrical energy storage devices, with a focus on Li-polymer batteries.