Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) have high energy and power density and long cycle-life and naturally it has come to dominate the energy storage technology especially in portable electronics, and recently in electric vehicles and even as fixed grid storage. Although a few alternatives are being explored, LIBs are widely expected to continue its dramatic growth and the projected global demand is expected to double by 2030. In spite of its critical importance in present and future key technologies, today the global LIB manufacturing is dominated by the Asia-Pacific region and Europe’s share is presently about 2%, as LIB investiments in Europe are hindered by the high European standards of workplace exposure limits, emission limits and also the upcoming battery recycling regulations.
To bring Europe to the forefront in LIB manufacturing, therefore, new production methods are needed which are ‘future-proof’ in terms of safe and sustainable manufacturing. This would not only enable higher investment in production capacity, but also bring Europe to the forefront in cutting edge and safe production technologies for future LIBs. Furthermore, in light of the ambitious EU’s climate targets by 2050, nurturing emerging technologies are particularly needed, such as LIBs to enable zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage.
The NoVOC project takes important steps in the right direction towards zero emission mobility and to sustain the high standard of living in Europe with minimal impact to the health, environment, and global climate.