Umicore has opened a facility in Olen, Belgium for the prototyping of solid-state battery material.

According to the company, the 600 m² site covers the formulation of materials, characterization and production, battery cell assembly and testing. It will also be able to develop new material categories such as catholytes that combine cathode active materials and solid electrolytes. The facility also incorporates the company’s research and development headquarters.

“Solid state batteries are expected to propel electric mobility and will complement Umicore’s world leading portfolio of battery materials technologies,” a press release said.

“This new facility is a critical step in […] increasing our capacity for prototyping and with that our ability to support our customers by a factor of more than 10,” said Mathias Miedreich, CEO of Umicore.