Realising the opportunities in the UK chemical supply chain for battery manufacture
Posted on 07/03/2018
The UK Government is investing £246 million into battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge – a key part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The ultimate aim is to ensure the UK builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.
Investment in research, innovation and scale-up facilities for batteries for the electrification of future vehicles will play an important role in helping the UK to realise its commitment to move to full electrification and zero emissions vehicles.
The battery manufacturing market is an area of growth, representing a potential supply chain opportunity of more than £5 billion per year by 2035. We are looking to engage UK chemical companies to be part of this exciting new supply-chain opportunity.
KTN, APC and CGP event, 19th April, Darlington
KTN, the Electrical Energy Storage APC Spoke and the Chemistry Growth Partnership are hosting a joint event on 19th April 2018 in Darlington to bring together UK chemical companies and 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.
This event will be of particular interest to companies involved in:
- CHEMICALS – Solvents (e.g. NMP, carbonate solvents, alcohols, PES); 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); Mixed metal oxides; graphite; graphene and CNTs doped with oxides or silicon
- PROCESSES: – High-torque high-energy mixing techniques; slot die; formulation; lamination
- ANALYTICS – Agglomeration; viscosity; rheology; morphology; crystal structure; Dynamic Light Scattering; moisture content; electrical measurements; particle size analyser
The draft agenda provided below may be 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
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
You can find out more and register here.
Please note, places are limited and we anticipate that this event will be popular, so we are running an expression of interest registration.