Posts Tagged: EV Batteries

DOE’s new EVs4ALL program funds advanced materials, electrodes and cells for EVs

The DOE will provide up to $45 million for the domestic development of advanced EV batteries through the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) is a program designed to promote faster charging, improved low-temperature performance, increased range and longer battery life, by funding the development of materials,… Read more »

6K secures $102 million in Series D funding to accelerate battery material production and recycling

6K, a producer of engineered materials for lithium-ion batteries, has raised $102 million in the first of two Series D funding tranches. The round was led by Koch Strategic Platforms, an investment arm of fossil fuel giant Koch Industries, with participation by investors Energy Impact Partners, Albemarle, HG Ventures and others. 6K will use the… Read more »

Battery passports will trace content and carbon footprint of EV batteries in Europe

Sustainability is the raison d’etre of EVs, so it’s obviously important to find a way to document the sustainable nature of the raw materials that go into EV batteries. A “battery passport” that traces the content and carbon footprint of batteries could be the solution, and that’s just what a new German-funded consortium of automakers… Read more »

Are nickel-based batteries on the way out?

Is a new standards war—or rather, a chemistries war—developing? There are several important differences between the NMC and LFP battery chemistries, but the most salient points seem to be that batteries based on NMC (nickel, manganese, cobalt) offer higher energy density, but those based on LFP (lithium iron phosphate) tend to be cheaper. Chinese automakers… Read more »

Rice researchers find misaligned crystallites in cathodes limit lithium flow

Researchers at Rice University have found that stress between misaligned crystallites in cathodes limits the flow of lithium. In an article published in ACS Energy Letters, the researchers write: “As an important battery cathode material, reaction distribution in lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) has been extensively studied in dispersed particle systems, but remains poorly understood for… Read more »

Li-Cycle to use Veolia’s HPD crystallization tech at its Rochester Hub

Battery recycling firm Li-Cycle has partnered with Veolia Water Technologies, a designer of water treatment plants and equipment, to use its HPD crystallization technology for battery recycling at its Rochester Hub, a facility scheduled to be fully operational in 2023. HPD crystallization is used in the final stage of the battery recycling process to produce… Read more »

Shortage of battery-grade graphite could slow down EV adoption

Graphite is a critical mineral for battery anodes, and surging demand for EVs is colliding with a limited global graphite supply. George Miller, an Analyst at data provider Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, recently told the South China Morning Post that global EV sales are widely expected to reach up to 11 million units in 2022, and… Read more »

Henkel introduces new protective coatings for battery housings

German chemical company Henkel has introduced two new coatings designed to protect battery housings from heat and fire in case of a thermal runaway event. The company says, “When applied to battery packs, the coatings help to inhibit and delay the spread of fires to protect the passengers as they evacuate the vehicle.” Loctite EA… Read more »

The high cost of cobalt cathodes and some potential alternatives

According to an article published in Advanced Energy Materials by researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), cobalt is currently the most expensive cathode material used in lithium-ion batteries. The DOE says cobalt accounts for about a quarter of the cost of a typical battery, and was the most expensive cathode material in… Read more »