WS #A: Raw and advanced Materials

In the area of raw and advanced materials, the focus will be on raw materials, active materials and processes.

For example, developing new very high purity battery chemical products; re-designing the electrode binders and developing new components for liquid electrolyte to achieve higher energy densities and introducing novel processing and upscaling technologies.

IPCEI Partner

BASF

BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. The approximately 110,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

Germany, Finland

Our portfolio is divided into six segments with eleven divisions. In addition to battery materials, BASF's Catalysts division is also responsible for our world-leading portfolio of environmental and process catalysts. BASF’s technology platform Process Research & Chemical Engineering develops new technologies and processes not only for battery research, but also for the very wide range of chemical processes.

Description of the project
E-mobility in Europe requires a locally integrated, cost-effective battery value chain that can deliver high-performance and sustainable batteries. BASF is planning a new plant for the production of cathode active materials (CAM) in Schwarzheide, Germany, which can produce cathode active materials of the latest and next generation according to innovative production processes. The project also includes intensive research activities for specific product properties and efficient recycling technology. Moreover, BASF is planning a new plant for the production of precursors (PCAM) in Harjavalta, Finland.

www.basf.com/global/de.html

Eneris

Eneris Groupa (Eneris), a Poland-based company, dedicated to innovations protecting environment (waste, water, energy) active, amongst other, in distributed energy and recycling, including batteries.

Poland

Keliber

Keliber Technology Oy (Keliber) is a Finland-based SME aiming at production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide (monohydrate) for the growing lithium-ion battery Industry.

Finland

Company’s own lithium ore will be used as raw material. Keliber will utilize sustainable and cost-effective soda pressure leaching technology for hydrometallurgical lithium extraction and lithium hydroxide production. The production is planned to start late 2024 and reach full annual capacity of 15 000 tons of lithium hydroxide monohydrate in 2025 comparable for production of about 25 GWh of lithium-ion batteries.

Description of the project
Keliber’s main objective is to further develop and optimize company’s production process and secure sustainable production of high-quality lithium hydroxide fulfilling the cost, quality, and safety requirements of the customers. Novel on-line monitoring techniques are used for the process and final product quality optimization. Additionally, Keliber will increase the cooperation with participating downstream processing companies for becoming a solid part of the European lithium-ion battery value chain.

www.keliber.fi/en

Nanocyl

Nanocyl SA is the industrial multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) expert and a worldwide industry leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of MWCNT and MWCNT formulated products.

Belgium

With its 460tons/year annual MWCNT production capacity, Nanocyl has been serving the automotive, electronic and battery industries for almost 20 years with its MWCNTs. In lithium-ion batteries, MWCNT are used as conductive additives in cathode and anode formulations. Thanks to their unique morphology and intrinsinc properties, MWCNT improve internal conductivity, energy density and capacity retention performances of Li-ion cells.

Description of the project
Nanocyl aims to develop a new high purity carbon nanotube showing the best morphology to maximize Li-ion cell performances and using innovative production processes that are more environmentally friendly than processes currently used by the industry.

www.nanocyl.com

SOLVAY

Solvay is a large multi-specialties chemical group working on the forefront of innovation in chemicals and materials.

Belgium, France, Italy

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Solvay operates in 61 countries around the globe, employing around 25,000 people with a turnover of around 10 billion €. Solvay is committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. In the Lithium Battery market Solvay is focusing the majority of its activities in developing innovative materials that enable battery components (anodes, cathodes, electrolytes, separators..) and cells to improve their performance.

Description of the project
The focus of Solvay’s innovation efforts in IPCEI projects is to bring new, innovative materials that will allow the advent of next generation batteries. Solvay will develop advanced materials, either for liquid electrolyte and solid-state systems that could enable the commercialization of GEN 3 and GEN 4 cells and consent the adoption of new cost-effective and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes; in addition Solvay has proposed a specific project about new polymeric membranes to meet the challenging requirements of Redox-Flow Batteries.

www.solvay.com

Terrafame

Terrafame Oy (Terrafame), a multi-metal mining Finland-based company producing nickel, zinc and cobalt and with an objective of producing battery grade nickel and cobalt sulfate and a subsidiary of FMG.

Finland

Umicore AG & Co. KG

Umicore is a materials technology company with activities in the area of recycling, catalysis and energy and surface technologies. The Umicore group has production sites over the whole world and serves customers worldwide.

Germany

In 2019 Umicore has achieved 17 Milliard (3.3 w/o metal) Euro and has been employing 11150 coworkers. Based on many years of experience in the area of metallurgy and recycling Umicore has developed and installed the worldwide first industrial recycling process for Li-Ion, Li-Polymer and NiMH batteries with high metal recovery rates.

Description of the project
The objective of the project is the development of a safe and efficient concept for the collection, transport and storage of high volumes of End-of-Life (EoL) Batteries from Hybrid and battery electric vehicles (xEVs), and also of a highly efficient battery dismantling process as important pre-step for the metallurgical recycling in a technology center for battery recycling.

This contributes to the installation of a sustainable and safe circular economy and supply of technology metals for battery materials in Europe.

www.umicore.com

Technology Fields

Overview of the the IPCEI Batteries RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) and FID (First Industrial Development) work streams