Xerotech was founded in 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The company has been rapidly growing with their new design centre finishing construction at the end of 2020 and future expansions planned. Xerotech provide electrification solutions to off-road industries such as construction, agriculture and mining (CAM). Their modular and scalable battery solution has several benefits which are very advantageous to these markets.
Barry Flannery is the founder and CEO/CTO of Xerotech, a battery technology company that designs, engineers, and produces lithium ion battery packs for non-road mobile machinery. He founded Xerotech in 2015 while completing his PhD, to enable the electrification of the off-highway market which he believes is the next frontier of electrification and will dominate this decade.
Can you tell how you started founding Xerotech and what has inspired you to design a modular battery?
When I founded Xerotech the electrification of automotive was well underway and the path was clear. Elon Musk had invented the modern electric car with the Tesla Model S and the launch of the Tesla Model 3 made it clear how the entire automotive industry would shift to battery electric vehicles.
What was unclear at the time was how everything else would electrify? How would construction, mining and agricultural equipment become zero-emission? Automotive is high-volume low-diversity whereas the off-highway heavy-duty segment is low-volume high-diversity. This means that the engineering approaches used in automotive are not scalable into the latter market and fundamentally cannot work.
It is not economically viable to spend millions (or even billions) on EV platforms when the total annual volume is likely to only be a few hundred or thousand machines.
The off-highway market needed a highly scalable and, critically, a highly flexible battery solution that could be adapted to hundreds of different machine types and classes.
This is what Xerotech was set up to solve. It took several years of intense development but eventually we invented our Hibernium™ scalable battery platform with market leading Xerotherm® thermal management and safety technology. The reception and demand from OEMs has been unprecedented which is a tremendous validation of our core assumptions.
Can you explain what is Xerotech’s core business? Can you describe the Xerotech key offering to the heavy-duty manufacturing industry?
Xerotech is a leading manufacturer of advanced battery systems for low-volume high-diversity markets like off-highway and heavy-duty segments. We are a Tier 1 battery supplier to OEMs who manufacture (or retrofit) heavy-duty equipment and we have massively disrupted the market recently with our highly scalable modular battery platform called Hibernium™. Our Hibernium™ batteries can be scaled from 10-300 kWh and up to MWh scale all from a common set of tooling and with no design and development costs.
Xerotech are providing the first truly credible path to zero emissions and we are enabling the electrification of machines that were previously too low volume to be economically electrified.
Your business is based in EIRE: in which markets are you expanding actually?
We follow where the market is growing most rapidly and OEMs for heavy-duty equipment are located worldwide.
However, we see very strong growth in Europe – particularly in the Scandinavian countries as well as North America, particularly in Canada.
Underground mining is currently undergoing a very significant shift to fully electric machines and Xerotech is playing a very active role in this space.
Let’s talk about your modular battery system, the Hibernium: How it could be suitable for all the sector (mining, construction and farming equipment). What is the secret?
There is no real difference between mining, construction and farming battery systems. It is exactly the same as a diesel engine driveline. These are standard off-the-shelf diesel engines that deliver energy/power to the vehicle. The major advantage for Xerotech’s Hibernium™ platform is its high scalability.