Antwerp’s NextGen District looks to battery maker

Antwerp’s NextGen District looks to battery maker

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By Nick Flaherty

The Port of Antwerp is starting its second round for applications from innovative players in low carbon technologies for its 88 acre NextGen District.

One of the companies in the first round to set up on the former General Motors site is Novali, a Belgian developer and manufacturer of the next generation lithium batteries for the automotive industry and stationary energy storage.

The company researches electrode and electrolyte materials for higher energy density and power and manages the manufacturing of next generation lithium ion cells and customised battery packs.

Another company in the first round is Laupat Industries, which converts car tyre waste into raw materials such as hydrogen. In the coming weeks, talks will be held with all the candidates, when they will be asked to elaborate on the suitability of their application. Alongside feasibility, the projects will also be assessed for futureproofing, innovative value, climate impact and versatility before a final decision is made.

The second round of consultations is being launched on 10 June for companies that give ‘end-of-life products’ a second or third lease of life, develop low carbon and renewable technologies. This could include recyclig and recovering precursor chemicals for battery manufacturing. The same approach has been taken in Scandinavia with recycling plants close to battery gigafactory sites.

“Port of Antwerp wants and needs to take a pioneering role in the energy transition. The port is home to the largest chemical cluster in Europe and we intend to strengthen, anchor, and support this cluster in the transition to a carbon-neutral and circular economy,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp. “The aim is for NextGen District to grow into a hub for innovation and cross-pollination in the circular economy, giving oxygen to the next generation.”;

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