$40m to scale up solid state battery production for EVs

$40m to scale up solid state battery production for EVs

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By Nick Flaherty

Saint-Gobain and KLA are working with Ion Storage Systems to accelerate the production of anodeless solid state batteries for electric vehicles in the US.

The $40m, three year project from the US ARPA-E agency will see the three partners contribute $20m to the SCALEUP (Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential) programme for ceramic solid state battery cell production.

Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s largest ceramics, glass and material suppliers and KLA is a key equipment supplier. Ion recently opened one of the largest SSB manufacturing facilities in the US for its lithium metal, compressionless SSB ceramic cell production. The plant in Maryland is expected to begin manufacturing 1MWh of battery cells this year, growing to 10MWh by early 2025 with a longer-term goal of 500MWh of capacity by 2028.

The project will include sustainability-focused cell design and manufacturing milestones, with planned innovations offering the opportunity for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Car makers are racing to commercialise lithium metal solid state battery technology to boost range and reduce weight.

“ION and our world-class partners have reinvented ceramic membrane manufacturing for high throughput, low cost, and low emissions production of our safe, high energy solid-state battery. We are proud to be working hand-in-hand toward gigawatt-hour production and delivery of a market-leading EV battery solution. ARPA-E’s RANGE program initiated the development of this technology in 2013 and we’re honored to be partnering with them again through SCALEUP to expand the impact of our technology and accelerate electrification of a greener energy economy,” said Dr. Gregory Hitz, Co-Founder and CTO of Ion.

“Accelerating the widespread adoption of electric vehicles requires increasing driving range, reducing costs, and improving safety. Ion Storage Systems—through an earlier ARPA-E program—focused on working toward these goals, and now, through SCALEUP, the company will accelerate domestic manufacturing of next generation solid-state, high-power-density lithium-metal batteries, based on ION’s proprietary ceramic electrolyte manufacturing technology,” said Dr. Evelyn Wang, ARPA-E Director. 

“Electrification is one of the critical grand challenges in the global transformation that the world needs to reduce emissions. At Saint-Gobain Ceramics, together with key innovators, we are excited to engineer a better, safer and greener world.” Said Jeffrey Mydlarz, Vice President & General Manager Saint-Gobain.

“KLA is pleased to bring industry-leading inspection and metrology equipment and experience to support ION and next-gen battery development,” said Oreste Donzella, Executive Vice President, Electronics, Packaging and Components, KLA Corporation.


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