We’re also researching how cobalt can be removed from electric vehicle batteries, or at least dramatically reduced. To that end, we’re exploring how cutting-edge lab research can be scaled up to production level.
In addition to R&D on cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries, we are working on components for next-generation batteries. These include solid-state batteries in which the electrolyte is solid rather than liquid and the anode is lithium rather than graphite based. This will bring considerable improvements in safety and will take up less space in the car.
Partnering with universities, academic institutions and private partners, our finger is on the pulse of scientific advances when it comes to promising novel and improved materials. One example of our collaboration network is BELLA (Battery and Electrochemistry Laboratory), a joint laboratory of BASF and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.