Battery Materials – An Exercise in Precision
September 2021 has seen the prices of petrol and diesel reach new highs with further increases to come as these pump prices do not as yet take into account the record oil price of $80 per barrel. This compounded by long queues at the pumps as service stations run dry due to panic buying inevitably mean envious glances by motorists to those with new electric vehicles. Even before these recent price increases the lower running costs of EVs had already made them a cheaper overall option to internal combustion diesel and petrol powered vehicles.
The Ev Lithium ion battery sector is still in its infancy in the UK and EU with both technology and battery materials currently being imported from Asia . This will change over the next 3-5 years. The UK and EU enjoy a vibrant R&D culture for battery technology. These R&D ventures have relied on Avocet Precision Metals expertise in supplying the correct battery materials, often in small quantities, for R&D purposes . As these companies move from R&D towards scale up the quantities required for battery materials will remain modest but growing. Avocet’s expertise underwritten by their approved supply partners will ensure that the demands of UK and EU producers for precision battery materials will be met.
The quality of these battery materials, precision foils and tabs produced specifically for battery applications in copper, aluminium and laminates have a direct and significant impact on the performance of the cells produced from them. It is vital that the correct specifications are supplied in order to be compatible with the cell performance. The continuity of product from R&D to scale up is a part of Avocet’s offering to its customers of battery materials that makes a huge difference. Precision produces performance and Avocet’s precision battery materials deliver a measurable performance and continuity through traceability. Customers can rely on Avocets battery materials to support them all the way to full production and to share this journey to electrification.
By Graham Hall, MD.