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About:Energy forges ground-breaking technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling

  • About:Energy, University of Portsmouth, and University of Southampton have entered a technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling.

  • The partnership will deliver cutting-edge research from universities to industry applications.

  • About:Energy will develop the universities' breakthrough technology, DandeLiion to  improve how batteries are designed and managed.

  • Benefits include reducing costs, improving battery lifetime and faster charging times for electric vehicles.

  • DandeLiion will be integrated into About:Energy’s software and available for the global market early next year.   


image of portsmouth univeristy, About:Energy and University of Southampton logo

About:Energy, a world-leading innovator in battery development software, today announces a technology licensing agreement with the University of Portsmouth and the University of Southampton, to advance battery modelling and accelerate electrification across the automotive and energy storage industry.


The partnership will see About:Energy develop the universities' proprietary technology, DandeLiion, a revolutionary ultra-fast system, designed to simplify and enhance the accuracy when it comes to the complex process of modelling advanced electrochemical battery systems.


team picture of the About:Energy and Dandeliion team
From Left to Right: Darryl Doyle (Senior Simulation Engineer, A:E), AJ Sung (Senior Software Engineer, A:E), Hamza Hasan (Software Engineer, A:E), Dr. Edmund Dickinson (Head of Electrochemistry, A:E), Dr. Smita Sahu (Portsmouth University), Dr. Ivan Korotkin (Southampton University), Prof. Jamie Foster (Portsmouth University), Prof. Giles Richardson (Southampton University), Gavin White (CEO, A:E), Dr. Yashraj Tripathy (Head of Product, A:E).

By harnessing DandeLiion technology with its own software platform The Voltt, About:Energy will significantly reduce the cost and timeline associated with battery development, also improving the way batteries are managed in the field to extend lifetime with partners. The start-up, which is a spinout  from Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham, plans to integrate DandeLiion into its software for the global market early next year. 


By improving the mathematics in battery models, it will enable the wider use of more advanced electrochemical models. These models are increasingly being employed in cell design and to shorten charging times. They provide critical insight into the physical processes occurring within a cell, thereby optimising performance and efficiency.


About:Energy Chairman and Co-Founder, Neil Morris, commented: 

"The UK is renowned for its research excellence, but there's a crucial need to translate this into tangible industry impacts. We've been collaborating closely with leading academic institutions like Southampton and Portsmouth to bridge this gap, ensuring that UK grant funding is not just an investment in research, but a catalyst for real-world innovation and economic growth.”

About:Energy's commitment to identifying and commercialising cutting-edge research from universities, reinforces its role in delivering innovative academic discoveries to the forefront of industry applications. With this latest announcement, About:Energy now formally licences technology from five universities, including Cranfield University, Imperial College London, and the University of Birmingham.


Map of UK with key universities involved in About:Energy inclusing, birmingham univeristy, Imperial College London, University of Southampton, Cranfield University, University of Portsmouth

Professor Giles Richardson, Project Manager of DandeLiion, said: 

“We are delighted to partner with About:Energy to bring DandeLiion to market. This breakthrough in battery modelling enables faster, more accurate simulations and wider application in cloud and embedded systems. By integrating DandeLiion into their platform, About:Energy is unlocking unprecedented progress in energy storage and management across automotive and renewables. We are proud our research will now translate into real-world impacts, supporting electrification and a sustainable future.”

DandeLiion, the innovative battery modelling technology, was developed over several years by researchers Prof. Giles Richardson, Prof. Jamie Foster, Dr. Ivan Korotkin, and Dr. Smita Sahu, backed by funding from The Faraday Institution amounting to £2m over five years.


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