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Realising the opportunities in the UK chemical supply chain for battery manufacture

Posted on 07/03/2018

KTN, APC & CGP bring together the UK chemical sector to introduce them to the battery manufacturing opportunity.

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

Draft Agenda

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 

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

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.

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

For more information about this article please contact our sector lead
Peter Clark
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Raw Materials