A year of growth and appreciation: Podium Advanced Technologies receives the Smau Award for Innovation

13 October 2021

Milan, 13 October 2021 – A year of growth and appreciation: Podium Advanced Technologies receives the Smau Award for Innovation
Following a long and prestigious list of recognitions in the last twelve months, Podium Advanced Technologies has received the Smau Award 2021 for Innovation, together with other 49 companies in different industrial sectors, with Toshiba, Eni, and Sanofi among those.

Smau is the main business matching platform in Italy about innovation chosen each year by over 50,000 entrepreneurs, managers of companies and public administrations to grow and update on topics such as innovation, leading-edge technology, digital and internationalization.

The award citation reads: “From racing cars to trams, these are bespoke batteries: versatile, innovative and tailored to the needs of each client and each application”.
Francesco Monti, CEO of Podium Advanced Technologies, has also been part on “Innovation, startups and territories” round table during the Smau event in Milan.

These last 12 months has been dotted by important milestones such as the completion of the production of the first batch of Delta Futurista, the rolling out of SCG 004S, the race of the SCG 004C at the Nürburgring 24h, the development of key battery systems for special applications in several industries, the break of seven FIA world land speed records for the research prototype Blizz Primatist, and the debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours of the Glickenhaus 007 LMH cars (the last two designed, developed and built by Podium Advanced Technologies).

Few weeks ago Podium Advanced Technologies received the “Imprese Vincenti 2021” award promoted by Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the top banking groups in Europe and in the world, to reward the excellence of small and medium Italian companies.

In May the company obtained the Budgetary Performance High Honor award at the 3th edition of the “Industria Felix Award – Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta che competono 2021”, for being “the best small company and among the best companies led by under 40 entrepreneurs”.

In March, for the fourth year in a row, the prestigious Financial Times has picked Podium Advanced Technologies among Europe’s 1,000 fastest growing companies, thanks to an absolute revenue growth of + 522% and a remarkable 84% CAGR in revenues over the period: from 1.5 million Euro in 2016 to 10.1 million Euro in 2019.

Similarly in November 2020 for the third consecutive year Podium has been selected by Il Sole 24 Ore, the most authoritative Italian economic newspaper, in the restricted group of companies that have achieved in the same period the highest growth in revenues.

Assembly process

Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations able to handle module up to 1200 mm length
- Different cooling strategies can be handled within this station
- Similar capacity cells can be sorted and included in a module
- Fast and tack-free led lamp curing
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations can handle different cell dimensions and different thermal extraction strategies
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
Bus Bar Laser Welding
- Cutting edge laser beam technology that guarantees robust joints for several type of busbar connections
- Possibility to weld challenging reflective materials such as CU, Al and dissimiral combination of materials
- Internal development of welding parameters
- Extensive quality control such as weld penetration in process monitoring and resistivity checks
- Stations can handle module up to 1200 mm length and 600 mm width
Bus Bar Laser Welding
Ultrasonic wire bonding
- Fully automatic station
- Wire bonding with the highest axis accuracy
- Continuous real time monitoring of wire condition and process
- Integrated quality control
Ultrasonic wire bonding
Pack assembly stations
- Stations equipped with manual assistors and process dedicated tools to allow assembly teams to work in perfect ergonomic and safe conditions
- Stations equipped with torque monitored tools
- Control tracking system to verify process completion and quality monitoring
- Junction box assembly and quality control
- Controlled sealing application completed after functional test
Pack assembly stations
EOL Testing
- Battery module and pack functional tests
- BMS firmware and software flashing
- Pack cooling system integrity test
EOL Testing

Main features

  • Safety: BMS Design compliant for ISO 26262
  • Scalable slave-master architecture, handles systems
    up to 1.000 V
  • Cell dissipative balancing


  • Real time monitoring cells & components voltage
    and temperatures
  • Advanced algorithms for SOC/SOH estimation
  • Advanced SOP estimation with realtime cell
    thermoelectrical models
  • Electromechanical components feedback monitoring
    and degradation estimation (fuses, contactors)
  • Control and monitoring of the thermal management system
  • Sensing of current, water leak, internal humidity, etc
  • Ground fault monitoring of grounded or ungrounded systems

Services related to BMS

  • Testing and modelling of battery cells
    and systems
  • Experimental characterization of cells
    for accurate state estimation algorithms
    (e.g., SOC, SOE, SOH, SOP)
  • BMS hardware and software development
    for specific applications
  • Prototyping of high-performance
    battery systems
  • Consulting in the field of battery systems

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