Ohio-Made Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes

Key automotive lithium-ion battery components will soon be manufactured in Ohio.

Yesterday BASF celebrated the grand opening of its new cathode materials production plant in Elyria, Ohio.

The materials manufactured at the Elyria plant will be used by BASF’s customers to produce advanced lithium-ion batteries that will propel current and next-generation hybrid and full electric vehicles.

The construction of the new cathode materials plant required an investment of more than $50 million, which was supported by a $24.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

This Elyria plant is the first BASF manufacturing facility dedicated to commercial-scale production of advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

BASF said it was selected as one of only two licensed suppliers of Argonne National Laboratory patented Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NCM) cathode materials, which employ a unique combination of lithium and manganese-rich mixed metal oxides. The materials being produced in Elyria leverage this advanced NCM chemistry, which is particularly well suited to the production of lithium-ion batteries for automotive and other high-end applications.

“We are delighted to celebrate the launch of this new commercial-scale production plant, which highlights the strong alliance BASF has established with the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Ohio to deliver advanced battery materials that can provide higher energy density and greater power,” said Frank Bozich, president of BASF’s Catalysts division. “We understand that chemical innovations will be vital to making electromobility more sustainable, affordable and ubiquitous in the years ahead, and we are proud of our role in driving this progress.”

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