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BASF and Porsche to develop high-performance lithium-ion battery for EVs
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:22.Jul.2021

BASF has been selected by Cellforce Group, a joint venture between Porsche and Customcells, as the exclusive cell development partner for its next generation lithium-ion battery. As part of the collaboration, BASF will provide high-energy HEDTM NCM cathode active materials to contribute to high-performance battery cells for fast charging and high energy density.

 

Cellforce Group, based in Tübingen, Germany, will produce the high-performing battery. Its battery production plant is expected to start operations in 2024 with an initial capacity of at least 100 MWh per year, powering 1,000 motorsport and high-performance vehicles.


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BASF to exclusively supply high-energy HEDTM cathode active materials for Porsche’s high-performance vehicles


BASF is a global leading supplier of high-performance cathode active materials with strong R&D network. With its production plants for precursor cathode active materials in Harjavalta, Finland, and for cathode active materials in Schwarzheide, Germany, BASF will be able to provide battery materials with sustainability record for both responsible and reliable sourcing of raw materials aiming for the lowest carbon footprint along the supply chain as of 2022.

 

To close the loop, production waste from the future Cellforce Group battery plant will be recycled at BASF’s prototype plant for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany. Lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese will be recycled in a hydrometallurgical process and re-introduced into BASF’s production process for cathode active materials.

 

“We look forward to collaborating with Porsche and the Cellforce Group to develop future high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and work together towards our common goal of sustainable mobility,” said Dr. Markus Kamieth, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “BASF’s cathode active materials will be tailored to Porsche’s specific needs leveraging our strong R&D capabilities.”


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BASF to recycle production waste from cell manufacturing at Cellforce Group to close the loop.


Dr. Markus Kamieth added that, BASF’s cathode active materials will have an industry leading low CO2 impact thanks to the company's efficient manufacturing process, the high share of renewable energy, the upstream integration into the key raw materials as well as the short transportation route along the value chain. With battery recycling, BASF can ensure that valuable materials are kept in the production loop and further reduce the CO2 footprint of its cathode materials by an expected total of up to 60%.

 

“The cooperation with BASF is a win-win situation for all parties involved. European sources for the materials nickel and cobalt, the associated security of supply and the short transport routes from Schwarzheide to Baden-Württemberg in Germany were all important arguments for the decision to work with BASF,” commented Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG.

 

“With its in-depth expertise in cathode active materials, BASF supports us in a core area of cell development,” said Markus Gräf, Managing Director of the Cellforce Group. “The cathode active materials show very high cycle stabilities right from the start and are particularly good at fast charging. These are exactly the properties that Cellforce was looking for. BASF is also very committed to adapting the cathode active materials to the requirements of next generation silicon anodes.”

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