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UK Chemical Supply Chain for Battery Manufacture - Expression of Interest

Event details
Thursday, 19 April 2018
10:00 am – 16:30 pm
This event will bring together UK chemical companies to introduce them to the battery manufacturing opportunity.

The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) – Electrical Energy Storage Spoke and Chemistry Growth Partnership are hosting a joint event, which will bring together UK chemical companies to introduce them to the battery manufacturing opportunity.

Companies will hear from experts about the requirements for chemicals and chemical processes in making batteries and specifically the challenges faced in manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles.

Consultants E4tech will share the outcomes of an initial analysis assessing the strengths and gaps in the UK chemical supply chain – identifying opportunities for chemical companies in the battery production market.

Attendees will also be advised about future funding calls and have the opportunity to network and discuss potential collaborative projects.

Who should attend:

  • Chemicals suppliers that are already engaged in the supply of chemicals or materials to the batteries sector
  • Chemicals suppliers that are not currently supplying chemicals into this sector but would like to learn more about the opportunity
  • Developers or suppliers of chemical processing equipment that might be relevant for supply of chemicals and materials for battery manufacture
  • Battery developers and manufacturers or other organisation currently engaged with the batteries manufacturing sector

Note to suppliers – List of chemicals/materials and processes of interest:

We provide below a list of some of the key common chemicals, materials and processes that are required for manufacturing batteries. This is not an exhaustive list –  and will be built upon during the event on 19 April – but is provided to help identify if this event is relevant for you:

  • Chemicals: Solvents (e.g. NMP, carbonate solvents, alcohols, PES, ionic liquids); Salts (e.g. LiPF6); Polymers(e.g. polyethylene, polypropylene, polymeric gels, carboxymethyl cellulose, PVDF, SBR)
  • Materials: Metals (Aluminium, Copper film, metal ribbons, lithium metal oxides); Doped mixed metal oxides (e.g Nickel Cobalt Aluminium (NCA) oxides and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxides); graphite; graphene and CNTs; Insulating materials; Conductive inks/ current collectors; ionic liquids)
  • Processes: Formulation; powder processing & handling; Dispersion techniques at range of shear conditions (e.g. sonication, rotor stator, microfluidics); Liquid handling (e.g. gravimetric dispersion viscous liquids); liquid and solid dispensing; mixing techniques from low to high viscosity; coating techniques (e.g. inkjet, Roll-to-Roll Inkjet, doctor blading); Lithography; ball milling for making powders; vacuum cell filling
  • Analytics: Agglomeration; viscosity; rheology; morphology; crystal structure; Dynamic Light Scattering; moisture content; electrical measurements (e.g. Resistance, I-V, C-V, Impedance spectroscopy); particle size analyser

Please note, places are limited and registration on this page does not guarantee a place. We will notify you nearer the time if you have been successful in securing place.


DRAFT AGENDA provided below (subject to change):

10:00 – Registration

Refreshments and Networking

10:30 – The critical role of the UK chemical supply chain

Richard Carter, Chair of Chemistry Growth Partnership Supply Chain Working Group

10:40 – The UK battery manufacturing opportunity 

Professor David Greenwood, Advanced Propulsion Systems, WMG & Advanced Propulsion Centre UK – Electrical Energy Storage Spoke

11:15 – The UK chemical supply chain for battery manufacture: case studies from the chemical sector 

Hiroshi Izumikawa, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Gareth Moody, Market Applications Specialist, Croda

11:55 – The UK chemical supply chain for battery manufacture: gaps and opportunities

Adam Chase, Director, E4tech

12:25 – Lunch and networking

Lunch and informal networking

13:25 – Workshop activities to develop chemical supply chain solutions for battery manufacture

Introduction to the different battery components and their respective chemistry/ material/ process supply challenges across:

  • Binder systems
  • Electrolytes and electrolyte additives
  • Solvent replacements
  • Active materials – carbons and mixed metal oxides
  • Processes including coatings and formulation

15:00 – Next steps and opportunities for further engagement

The Faraday Challenge – Jacqui Murray, Interim Co-Director, Faraday Challenge

The Faraday Battery Institute – speaker TBC

The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) –  Professor Dave Greenwood

Follow-up event: Innovation in Battery Chemistry and Processes – Dr Peter Clark, KTN

15:40 – Close and final networking opportunity

Refreshments and Networking

16:30 – Close


For more information, please contact Peter Clark, KTN or Carla Shepherd, APC.