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Tougher battery standards sought by EU

In shift to electric cars.
Image: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Europe plans to impose stricter environmental requirements for batteries as it begins a radical economic overhaul set to boost electric vehicles and clean energy.

The European Union will aim at setting a global standard in the fast-growing market when it proposes next month regulations to ensure all batteries marketed in the region are greener throughout their life cycle.

“In our assessment, the EU will become the second-biggest global market for batteries,” EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius said in an interview. “The number of batteries placed on the EU market and their importance will only grow in the coming years. Their sustainability should not lag behind.”

The EU has already invested billions in its Battery Alliance project to compete with Asia, currently Europe’s only provider of EV batteries. The region’s battery market value will reach 250 billion euros ($300 billion) by 2025, with production capacity able to meet auto industry demand, according to European Commission estimated.

Germany and France, home to major car manufacturers, are leading the push to roll out a European battery industry. Last year, the EU approved 3.2 billion euros in aid for a project spanning seven nations and including industrial giants such as BASF SE and carmakers BMW AG and PSA Group.

To make batteries greener, the EU will require more responsible sourcing of raw materials, using clean energy in production, cutting the share of hazardous substances, boosting energy efficiency and improving their durability, according to Sinkevicius. The new rules will affect batteries manufactured in the 27-nation bloc and brought from abroad, he said.

“The new framework should apply to all types of batteries and all kinds of battery chemistry, whether sold apart or contained in products,” Sinkevicius said. “It will ensure that various battery types are subject to similar but differentiated obligations.”

Green Deal

The increasingly electric future of the region is part of the Green Deal, a sweeping strategy that will affect each corner of the economy. To meets its goal of zeroing-out greenhouse gases by 2050, the EU needs to cut emissions from transport by 90%.

Europe’s growing EV market is starting to lure battery makers. China’s SVolt Energy Technology Co. said this month it will join Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. in opening a factory in Germany, while Tesla Inc. supplier Panasonic Corp. may start up a battery business in Norway.

BMW said earlier this month that each of its German plants will produce at least one fully electric vehicle by the end of 2022.

© 2020 Bloomberg

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I hope Tesla’s battery Quality standards are within the requirements. Also, Elon in the process of building a Manufacturing facility in Germany must have seen this coming. Thumbs up.

I am more exited what lies ahead in the future battery technology, than crypto *lol*

I note certain local battery (and backup system) suppliers, like Sinetech in Randburg, got new Lithium Iron Phosphate 12V back-up and UPS-standby batteries. Known as “LiFePO4” type.

Have seen the price….yes shocking…R12K for a 102Ah battery, costing multiples of “old tech’ Silver Calcium/Lead Acid types….but here’s the rub:

…weigh about half.
Can be discharged to 90% depth (‘DoD’)…i.e. better performance.
Much faster recharge time.
Last many cycles more / higher cycle life.

Costs will come down with increasing

R12k for if I assume 12v = about 1.2kWh means R10,000/kWh or around $600/kWh. Iemand ruk die dam onder daai eend uit

For me the most interesting battery market is not in gadgets and cars but stationery batteries for mini grids, grid backup and large scale RE storage. It won’t be lithium related because space and weight not an issue. Tens of thousands of cycles with no fire risks. Brilliant for distributed energy capture.

SA could do great things with flow batteries using our platinum group metals in that market as well as in other fuel cells.

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