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Nanoramic® Laboratories Collaborating with BASF to Develop Novel Cathode Systems for Lithium-ion Batteries
BOSTON, United States – Nanoramic® Laboratories (“Nanoramic”) today announced an agreement with BASF Corporation (“BASF”) to jointly develop novel cathode systems for high-performance and low-cost lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, based on Nanoramic’s Neocarbonix® at the Core electrode technology and BASF’s cobalt free high-manganese NCM cathode active material (HED™ NCM 307).
- OEMs including Tesla have stated the need and plans for a $25,000 battery electric vehicle (BEV).
- A $25K BEV will need to match internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts in features and performance while maintaining thin margins that rely on volume sales.
- Cell/pack cost reduction is the path forward with chemistry-agnostic manufacturing technologies.
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- Significant $/kWh cost reduction from material technology is becoming more difficult as we approach theoretical gravimetric density limits and cost floors of raw materials.
- Cost reduction technology will be led by electrode manufacturing which can account for about half of total manufacturing costs.
- The wet (solvent + drying) and dry (less/no solvent, less/no drying) electrode manufacturing technology segments will be compared for potential benefits and limitations in mass market applications.
Sony introduced the first rechargeable commercial lithium-ion battery in 1991 at a price exceeding $3,000/kWh. Since then, price per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh) has decreased an estimated 97%, largely due to material improvements in both performance and cost. What has changed little in over three decades is how lithium-ion batteries are manufactured. Because material cost constituted such a large portion of total production costs technology improvements focused on materials rather than manufacturing technology.
A Tale of Two Chemistries: Technologies & Strategies That Will Enable Cell Manufacturers To Win In Both NCx & non-NCx Markets
- By 2030, up to 84% of BEV sales may have non-NCx (eg. LFP) cells, a change from near 0% in EU and North American markets today. This shift is driven by the inherent advantages of LFP over NCx chemistries in terms of cost, safety, reliability, and ESG.
- The volumetric and gravimetric density for cost tradeoff has reached a point where the same envelope for cells can be used for different BEV segments. Announcements of unified BEV platforms having different chemistry options by Tesla, VW, and Stellantis for high-volume BEVs will create significant Non-NCx markets.
- This will incentivize cell manufacturers to offer both NCx and non-NCx products where they have traditionally preferred only one.
Click to read Kami Buchholz's article "Launching Aeropsace Battery Tech for EVs" at sae.org and learn how Neocarbonix® at the Core brings low-cost/ fast-charge solutions to the EV space.
Nanoramic® Laboratories Receives $3.6M USABC Contract Award for Low-Cost/Fast-Charge EV Battery Technology Development
Boston, MA, March 8, 2022 – Nanoramic® Laboratories today announced it received a competitively bid, $3.6M contract award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for low-cost/fast-charge (LCFC) lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Nanoramic.
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