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Electromobility BASF to Boost Research and Development for Sustainable Electromobility

| Editor: Marion Henig

Batteries are the key technology for the electromobility of the future. Over the next five years, BASF will be investing a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and the production of battery materials. Part of the investment is being channeled into the construction of a production plant for advanced cathode materials.

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Chemical lab technician Christian Saffert tests the discharge capacity of various lithium ion test batteries using a multi-channel test system. BASF is conducting research into a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. The aim is to significantly increase the batteries’ energy density to extend their use in electrically powered vehicles. (Picture: BASF)
Chemical lab technician Christian Saffert tests the discharge capacity of various lithium ion test batteries using a multi-channel test system. BASF is conducting research into a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. The aim is to significantly increase the batteries’ energy density to extend their use in electrically powered vehicles. (Picture: BASF)

Elyria, Ohio/USA – Part of the investment is being channeled into the construction of a production plant for advanced cathode materials in Elyria, Ohio/USA. This new facility with an investment volume of more than 50 million dollar is scheduled to supply the market with cathode materials for the production of high-performance lithium-ion batteries from mid-2012.

In addition to innovative materials for cathodes, BASF has recently also entered the field of electrolyte development. High-quality tailored electrolytes are essential for battery performance. “By entering into the electrolyte business we are expanding our portfolio of innovative solutions for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and as a future system supplier, we will be able to support our customers' competitiveness in the electromobility field,” said Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, member of the Board of Executive Directors and Research Executive Director of BASF SE. As well as developing materials for lithium-ion batteries, which include solutions for anodes and separators, BASF is also researching future battery concepts such as lithium-sulfur or lithium-air.

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