Revealed on December 29th, 2018 |
by Zachary Shahan
December 29th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan
There’s a lot cleantech information to cowl that we usually have lots of of tales on our “story sheet” that we’re by no means capable of cowl. Within the coming days, we’ll be rolling out a few methods to assist cope with our backlog. Yep, this #NewsParty format is a type of.
Batteries are probably the most important cleantech topic nowadays. A lot cleantech progress will depend on shortly multiplying battery manufacturing and decreasing battery costs. We’ve got 23 EV battery tales from the previous couple of months that we’ve been aiming to cowl and simply haven’t gotten to, so right here’s a particular rundown of the information.
1. Bloomberg New Power Finance (BNEF) updates us that common battery pack pricing ($/kWh) has dropped 85% since 2010 and now sits at $176/kWh. There’s a nifty GIF chart to go together with the information too.
Our 2018 Battery Worth Survey has discovered that the volume-weighted common worth of a lithium-ion battery pack is $176/kWh – the worth has fallen 85% in actual phrases since 2010 resulting from tech enhancements leading to greater power density on the cathode materials, cell & pack degree. pic.twitter.com/BhnA6ezLrd
— BloombergNEF (@BloombergNEF) December 19, 2018
2. BMW Group has a manufacturing unit in Dingolfing, Germany, prepping to start out producing EV battery modules subsequent yr. The battery packs produced there shall be used within the absolutely electrical MINI, which can go into manufacturing in late 2019 in Oxford, South England. The MINI’s electrical motors might be produced in Landshut, Germany, proper down the road from Dingolfing. “From 2020, the Dingolfing plant will also produce the fifth generation of electric drive systems for future electrified vehicles of the BMW Group, such as the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNeXT,” BMW provides. “The extensive construction and preparation measures required for this have also already started.” This Dingolfing facility has already been the manufacturing website of battery modules and electrical motors for BMW plug-in hybrids.
three. The German authorities determined that a great way to assist its automakers is to put aside €1 billion ($1.14 billion) for a consortium aiming to supply EV battery cells and an R&D middle for next-gen solid-state batteries. “The measures, expected to be announced next week, are designed to reduce the dependence of German carmakers on Asian electric vehicle (EV) battery suppliers and protect German jobs at risk from the shift away from combustion engines.”
four. Battery scientist Kenan Sahin introduced that he had invented a battery compound that may minimize the necessity for cobalt in battery cathodes. “Sahin says his new material can reduce the amount of cobalt in battery cathodes from about 20 percent to as little as 4 percent, which could result in dramatic cost savings for electric cars.” Will it work out commercially? We’ll see, however Sahin says he already has one automaker agreeing to make use of GEMX, what he calls the compound, and Sahin additionally bought a cathode compound to BASF again in 2016.
5. Audi & Umicore have been working collectively to set the desk for EV battery recycling, they usually’ve now completed part 1 of their partnership. Beginning with an evaluation of the Audi A3 e-tron, they decided that 95% of the battery’s supplies could possibly be recycled. What’s subsequent? “The partners are now developing specific recycling concepts. The focus is on the so-called closed-loop approach. In such a closed cycle, valuable elements from batteries flow into new products at the end of their lifecycle and are thus reused. The Ingolstadt-based company is now applying this approach to the high-voltage batteries in the new Audi e-tron** electric car. The aim is to gain insights into the purity of the recovered materials, recycling rates and the economic feasibility of concepts such as a raw materials bank. Security of supply and shorter delivery cycles are the goals.”
6. BMW Group, Northvolt, and Umicore are additionally teaming up “to work closely together on the continued development of a complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for electrified vehicles in Europe,” the trio introduced. “The project is seeking to press ahead with the sustainable industrialisation of battery cells in Europe and the associated acquisition of skills, from cell chemistry and development through to production and ultimately recycling.”
7. Northvolt introduced a couple of days later that it was establishing a “state-of-the-art production facility, including a R&D center, for battery modules and energy storage solutions” in Gdansk, Poland. “The facility will be operated as a partnership between Northvolt and South Bay Solutions, a company specialized in manufacturing battery modules.” This facility is for battery module manufacturing. Northvolt’s location for battery cell manufacturing is in its house nation of Sweden, in Skellefteå. Module manufacturing is meant to start out in 2019 and cell manufacturing in 2019, which appears to suggest Northvolt will initially get battery cells elsewhere because it will get its module manufacturing course of rolling.
eight. Daimler’s Kamenz e-mobility facility has produced 200,000 lithium-ion batteries since 2012. To assist ramp up manufacturing in 2019 for the approaching Mercedes-Benz EQC, a totally electrical SUV, Daimler introduced in early November that it might double the variety of staff in its Accumotive division by the top of 2018. EQC manufacturing is meant to start in spring 2019.
9. LG Chem lately hosted its first version of The Battery Problem, which is an “open innovation contest for start-ups with new battery technologies.” There have been four classes for the battery competitors: ‘battery material’, ‘battery management and control’, ‘design, manufacturing and processing’, and ‘recycle and regeneration’. LG Chem was providing $1.9 million to start-ups by way of the competitors.
10. BASF & Norilsk Nickel introduced a partnership on battery supplies for EV batteries. BASF additionally introduced that it might produce battery supplies at a facility in Harjavalta, Finland, proper subsequent to a nickel and cobalt refinery owned by Norilsk Nickel. “This investment is part of BASF’s €400 million multi-step investment plan announced last year and builds upon initial battery materials production started in Harjavalta in 2018. Start-up is planned for late 2020, enabling the supply of approximately 300,000 full electric vehicles per year with BASF battery materials. The new plant in Harjavalta will utilize locally generated renewable energy sources, including hydro, wind and biomass.”
11. Enevate, which has been engaged on superior lithium-ion battery know-how, indicated that it had acquired funding from EV battery big LG Chem, which the corporate rightfully notes is a robust nod of confidence for what it’s creating. “Enevate’s HD-Energy® Technology for EVs allows Li-ion batteries to be charged to 75 percent capacity in five minutes, while also providing higher energy densities than available for today’s current long-range EVs. They can also safely charge and discharge down to -40°C and capture more energy during regenerative braking, extending their range in cold climates,” the corporate provides.
12. Talga Assets, a complicated supplies tech firm out of Australia, introduced that it has seen constructive check outcomes for a graphene-silicon lithium-ion anode. That testing is a part of the UK authorities’s “Safevolt” challenge, “a Talga-led program run in conjunction with consortia partners, Johnson Matthey, the University of Cambridge and manufacturing research group, TWI.”
13. Cabot Company has been picked “by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in an $80 million investment in advanced vehicle technologies research.” The goal is low-cobalt cathodes for next-gen lithium-ion batteries. Sound acquainted? “The DOE is investing in a total of 42 projects to support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth. Of the $80 million, nearly $32 million has been allocated for battery and electrification initiatives, including $2.9 million for Cabot’s research in aerosol manufacturing technology for low-cobalt lithium-ion battery cathodes.” Cabot is “a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company.”
14. Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) & ACI Methods Alemania GmbH (ACISA) joined forces for lithium extraction and industrialization in Bolivia. YLB is a Bolivian state enterprise, whereas ACISA is a German firm. “The signing of the partnership settlement by YCB and ACISA represents an essential milestone within the realization of the Bolivian-German lithium challenge. The partnership additionally ensures Germany entry to the metallic. Salar de Uyuni within the Bolivian Andes is the world’s largest recognized lithium deposit— round ten million tons.
“The consortium round ACISA provides state-of-the-art know-how, crops and equipment to determine a value-added chain in Bolivia within the mid-term, from extracting the uncooked materials lithium via producing cathode materials proper as much as manufacturing battery techniques as end-products.
“Aside from using modern applied sciences, one other key facet is environmentally and socially-compatible implementation, for instance through the use of renewable power.
“Moreover, information will even be transferred as Bolivian staff bear coaching and qualification programs. This can create between 500 and 1,000 direct jobs and as much as 10,000 oblique jobs in Bolivia in areas similar to transport, logistics and providers.
“The start of the production of lithium as a raw material is scheduled for the second half of 2021. By the end of 2022, the goal is to achieve an annual production capacity of 35,000 to 40,000 tons of lithium hydroxide. Further expansion of this capacity is planned.”
15. SK Innovation, a prime EV battery producer based mostly out of South Korea, introduced it will make investments $1.67 billion into an EV battery manufacturing unit within the US state of Georgia. The plant is predicted to create greater than 2,000 jobs. “Customers for SK Innovation include Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai-Kia Motors, and this new investment will provide opportunities for SK Innovation to bring its world-class products to additional automakers in the United States,” the corporate provides.
“The new plant will be located in Jackson County, Georgia. Construction will occur in two phases, beginning in early 2019. The first phase will invest approximately $1 billion and employ more than 1,000 advanced manufacturing employees, making it the largest scale electric vehicle battery plant in the United States. SK Innovation leadership worked closely with federal, state and local officials to finalize the investment.” I’m unsure the place the declare of “largest scale electric vehicle battery plant in the United States” comes from, provided that we’ve obtained Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, however it’s good to see one other giant EV battery manufacturing unit coming to the US.
16. SK Innovation can also be investing 400 bln gained ($360 million) to construct an EV battery separator plant in China. “The company said it plans to break ground early next year for the plant that will make lithium-ion battery separator (LiBS) and ceramic coated separator (CCS) in Changzhou in China’s southeastern Jiangsu province. … The plant is set to start commercial production in the third quarter of 2020 with an annual capacity of 340 million square meters of LiBS and 130 million square meters of CCS, SK Innovation said. The plant — the first overseas project for SK Innovation’s material business — will boost SK Innovation’s total lithium-ion battery separator production volume to 850 million square meters per year.”
17. Saratoga Power thinks it has provide you with a breakthrough for low-cost carbon nanotubes comprised of carbon dioxide, carbon nanotubes to enter high-performance Li-ion batteries. The US Nationwide Science Basis seems to agree, as Saratoga Power simply gained an NSF grant. “The $723,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant will allow Saratoga Energy to increase production from 100 grams of carbon nanotubes per day to one kilogram per day. That pilot-scale level of production will help the company sell nanotubes to research labs and small customers as it further develops and tests its product, and gains traction in the advanced-battery marketplace.”
18. 24M, a lithium-ion battery innovator to not be confused with 3M, “has raised a $21.8 million Series D to accelerate the deployment of its simple, capital-efficient, low-cost manufacturing process and the development of differentiated, high-energy-density lithium-ion cells for the EV market.” Kyocera Group and ITOCHU Company led this funding spherical. North Bridge Enterprise Companions, which had beforehand invested in 24M, additionally added to the money infusion.
19. Corvus Power says that it has contracts lined up for a brand new manufacturing facility and gear enabling “fully automated battery production.” The situation is Bergen, Norway. “The supplier chosen for the production equipment is Intek Engineering of Raufoss, Norway; the factory will be fully operational in Q3 2019. The total investment is approximately US$9.3m financed through equity funding and loans from DNB and Innovation Norway.”
20. MGX Minerals & the College of British Columbia have partnered on a analysis consortium “to develop a low-cost and scalable method for fabricating silicon-based anode to improve the energy density of Li-ion batteries.” What’s the purpose? “1) fabricating nanostructured silicon using low-cost metallurgical silicon as a feedstock and 2) compositing nanostructured silicon with commercial graphite to develop a high-performance silicon anode. The purpose of the research is to replace the graphite anode with silicon and complete a hybrid in the short-term which will not require retooling. The ultimate goal is to enable next-generation Li-ion batteries capable of quadrupling energy density from current 100 Wh/kg up to 400 Wh/kg for use in long-range electric vehicles and grid storage.”
21. Bernal Institute is main a €eight million EU-funded EV battery R&D challenge referred to as Si-DRIVE. “The challenge will focus closely on the sustainability of the system, with uncommon and costly supplies (e.g. cobalt) focused for removing. This inexperienced focus might be supplemented by performing life cycle evaluation, assessing the suitability of the cells for 2nd life purposes and thru the event of recycling processes for cell supplies. Alongside their position as venture coordinator, UL will even give attention to the event of the excessive efficiency silicon based mostly anodes supplies. This analysis will result in the event of light-weight anodes, composed of ample parts that may scale back the general weight of the ultimate batteries. Coordination of the challenge will make sure that UL are on the forefront of battery analysis, by way of the event of analysis hyperlinks and demonstration of the game-changing efficiency of their superior anode supplies. …
“The Si-DRIVE consortium is comprised of 16 academic and industrial partners from 7 European countries, across the entire battery development chain. Battery active material design will benefit from state of the art modelling capabilities, coupled with expertise in materials production and characterisation, to deliver higher capacity, safer materials required for future batteries. Cell safety enhancements will be achieved through the use of non-flammable solid electrolytes, which will be custom designed to allow fast charging capabilities desired by consumers. As part of the project, cell prototypes will be prepared using the optimised anode, cathode and electrolyte materials, to demonstrate performance enhancements compared to current state of the art electric vehicle batteries.”
22. Panasonic & LG Chem are planning giant will increase within the battery manufacturing in China because of loosening market guidelines there. Panasonic is planning an 80% manufacturing increase there and LG Chem is planning new amenities for Nanjing by 2020. “The Chinese language authorities will loosen up guidelines on overseas gamers establishing electric-vehicle corporations or amenities from subsequent month. … Osaka-based Panasonic, whose present Chinese language battery output capability is believed to be almost 5 gigawatts hours, has secured land for 2 extra buildings to go together with the present two at its Dalian, Liaoning Province, amenities.
“The completion of LG Chem’s Nanjing manufacturing unit is predicted to deliver the South Korean firm’s annual output on the website to round 500,000 electrical automobiles’ value. LG additionally plans to arrange joint ventures with China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and start manufacturing of cathode supplies, a key battery element.
“LG compatriot Samsung SDI is also considering setting up a vehicle battery factory in the Jiangsu Province city of Wuxi, near Shanghai.”
23. CATL, a Chinese language EV battery big, opened its first North American gross sales and repair middle. CATL at present has partnerships with BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover. The brand new US base is in … Detroit. Which automakers might it’s concentrating on? Hmm. …
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