AM Batteries (AMB) and Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) to jointly develop technology for the production of solvent-free electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.
AM Batteries (AMB), a pioneer in lithium-ion dry electrode technology, and Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), a leading global innovator in lithium-ion battery manufacturing, have announced that they have teamed up to develop electrode manufacturing technology solvent-free for the production of lithium-ion cells.
The joint venture seeks to address some of the most critical challenges facing the lithium-ion battery manufacturing industry: the large carbon footprint, energy consumption and high infrastructure cost resulting from the current standard solvent evaporation process , used for the production of electrodes.
Leveraging key dry electrode manufacturing expertise developed by AMB and the world-class battery manufacturing team at ATL, the two groups will work together to transform the industry as a whole – both in terms of cost and environmental impact environment.
To sustainably manufacture key battery electrode components, AMB has developed a unique electrostatic sputtering deposition technique whereby dry cathode and anode electrode materials are electrostatically charged and deposited onto metal foil current collectors, which are then processed to their final condition without the use of toxic solvents. This is a technological innovation of the platform that enables a significant reduction in operating costs from energy savings, a reduction in the cost of major electrode coating equipment and a reduction in physical infrastructure requirements. Battery manufacturers can also benefit from significant CO2 reductions2 emissions if they make batteries using AMB’s dry electrode process. With the additional customizability afforded by the dry process, AMB’s technology also offers a path to other benefits, such as faster charging, higher energy density, and safer batteries with current and future battery chemistries. The AMB process can be further developed to integrate into full-scale manufacturing applications in collaboration with ATL’s subject matter experts.
Yan Wang, With CEO, said:
We are honored to work together with ATL as both of our companies have goals of living and being part of a sustainable planet.
“Demand for lithium-ion batteries continues to grow worldwide. One of the main issues for battery manufacturers is perfecting manufacturing techniques to remove the solvents used in the “wet coating” of the electrodes. Our dry electrode manufacturing technology enables the coating of lithium-ion battery electrodes without the need for any solvents or energy-intensive evaporation.”
ATL is known worldwide for its high-tech prowess in the development, manufacture and packaging of high-quality rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells and packs. Its services, know-how, manufacturing capacity and system integration capabilities are category-leading.
Additionally, ATL’s specialization in high-energy-density, high-power, and fast-charging batteries for applications ranging from smartphones and laptops to drones, robots, and wearables makes them an ideal partner for developing high-value battery innovations.
Jo Kit Choo Lamexecutive vice president of ATL, said:
We see a need for improvements in battery manufacturing in terms of cost, scale and environmental impact issues.
“We did our due diligence in looking for an innovative company that had a viable solution to these problems. AMB’s electrostatic spray technology directly addresses these challenges and provides solutions for a long-term path to a healthier and greener planet.”
About AM batteries
AM Batteries, headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, focuses on manufacturing dry electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Compared to the conventional slurry casting approach, AMB’s technology completely eliminates solvent recovery and electrode drying, which reduces the energy consumption of the battery plant by more than 45%, while saving 40% of capital equipment costs in the production of electrodes.
Additionally, AMB’s technology paves the way for higher energy density, faster charging, and low-cost lithium-ion batteries. AMB’s future-ready manufacturing technology can be used for multiple types of battery-electrode manufacturing. For more information, visit https://am-batteries.com.
Owned by the Japanese multinational technology company TDK Corporation, Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) is a leading global manufacturer and innovator of lithium-ion batteries. It is known worldwide for its high-tech prowess in the development, production and packaging of high-quality rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells and packs.
Working closely with world-renowned brands in smartphone, tablet and notebook OEMs, robots, VR/AR vanguards and various innovative wearable and smart home technologies, ATL helps the world connect better, last longer long, live easier and fly higher. Its headquarters are in Hong Kong.
- AMB is an innovative manufacturing company developing technology to produce next-generation lithium-ion batteries with a lower carbon footprint and lower cost with a dry electrode.
- ATL is a world leader in lithium-ion batteries and a manufacturer of quality rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells.
- Working together, AMB and ATL have signed a joint development agreement to accelerate the development of solvent-free dry electrode manufacturing processes that pave the way for low-cost, high-performance and environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery manufacturing solutions.
AM Batteries (AMB) and Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) to Co-Develop Technology for Solvent-Free Electrode Manufacturing for Li-Ion Batteries, ACTON, MA, 05 April 2023.