HISTORY2018-10-03T07:09:44+00:00

OUR HISTORY

40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

The research team of the company grew from a group of people leaded by Dr. Denis Doniat at the beginning of the seventies, when he created a joint Michelin/Citroën laboratory in Paris with the aim of developing a zinc-air battery for electric vehicles. The first independent and private R&D company was created by people who formed the hard core of the team: over 20 years. SORAPEC worked on about 500 research contracts financed by private companies or government agencies, sometime in partnership with academic laboratories.

New battery electrodes and current collector technologies were developed thanks to self- financed R&D.

The high quality of the foam rapidly gave access to the Japanese market and big players like Matsushita, Sanyo, and Toshiba became customers.

After some years, the production plant and the technology were sold to Duracell, and the R&D laboratory was sold to one of the SORAPEC shareholders as a capital-development company.

The most remarkable accomplishment was a new process for manufacturing nickel foam used in alkaline batteries such as nickel-cadmium (NiCad) and nickel-metal hydrides (NiMH).

The most remarkable accomplishment was a new process for manufacturing nickel foam used in alkaline batteries such as nickel-cadmium (NiCad) and nickel-metal hydrides (NiMH).

CREATION OF SCPS

Then, the team founded a new company, SCPS, whose activity for the past 15 years has focused on the development of a rechargeable zinc electrode dedicated to the nickel-zinc battery. Despite multiple technical hurdles, and the doubt of many experts considering that after numerous studies and trials such a battery could not work efficiently, the team succeeded. More than 100 patents and extensions were applied for and the nickel-zinc battery now achieves 2000 deep cycles at a high rate. This electrode is also used for zinc-air and silver-zinc batteries.
This technology was recently sold to one of the largest Chinese battery manufacturers who will pursue its industrial development.

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