Business & Technology Insight Forums Cambridge 2018

19, 20, 21 June 2018
Cambridge, UK

Wolfson College, Cambridge

Li-Ion Batteries: Raw Materials, Battery Materials, Gigafactories, & Emerging Markets


The Li-ion battery (LIB) market is now mature and ready for significant growth, especially thanks to electric vehicles. How will this impact very different industries like consumer electronics and electric mobility?

Li-ion batteries (LIB) have become an important part of our lives, with an increasingly important part of our daily routine revolving around smartphone/tablet charging needs. The 8% year-on-year decrease in battery costs has gradually opened up portable electronics markets that simply did not exist a decade ago. The next logical step is large-scale vehicle electrification. IDTechEx has been following electric vehicles from their very inception and it is clear that we will witness a revolution in the transport sector sooner than we think. Some European countries have already established diesel and petrol phase-outs, and an avalanche effect is to be expected from other countries by the end of 2018.

On the materials development side, the trend is towards faster, safer and more energy-dense batteries. These three factors are at odds with each other, meaning that battery makers will only adopt certain electrode or electrolyte chemistries once all of the underlying problems have been solved. This is the case of sulphur cathode and solid-state electrolytes, but also silicon-dominant anode materials.

In terms of manufacturing, there is a strong uncertainty over the reliable supply of some raw materials, like lithium and cobalt; others like graphite are experiencing a shift from natural to synthetic sources. After years of dominance in battery manufacturing by Japan and Korea, China is now leading in terms of added production capacity, with some companies claiming to be able to manufacture up to 100 GWh/year within the next few years. Finally, there are many more interesting markets beyond the automotive sector, such as medical devices, Internet of Things, wearables, and niche sector like industrial vehicles, mining vehicles, drones, and marine vessels. Each market has different performance specifications, and LIBs will adapt to each case scenario.

What you will learn?

All the topics mentioned above will be covered by IDTechEx analyst Dr Lorenzo Grande in this dedicated forum on Li-ion batteries. The seminar will include:

  • an introduction to battery basics and why LIBs are the best energy storage technology on the market today.
  • Attendees will also learn about the difference between all the major anode and cathode materials (graphite, silicon, LTO, lithium metal, LCO, NMC, NCA, LFP, liquid electrolytes, solid electrolytes).
  • A thorough overview of the LIB industry will give information on opportunities in the supply chain, as well as critical points in terms of the value chain.
  • Finally, attendees will also gain an insight into IDTechEx's opinion on battery diversification, which will answer questions like: what LIB technologies will be used in forklifts and drones?
Please join Dr Grande and the rest of the IDTechEx team on the 19-21 June 2018 at the Business and Technology Insight Forums Cambridge 2018 to learn more about LIBs and how your company can benefit from this booming industry.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.


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Report Package

Forum 1 / Agenda

19 June / Morning

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 8:30 - 9:10
  • Registration
  • 09:10 - 09:15

Introduction

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • 09:15 - 09:35

The global Li-ion market

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Overview of the Li-ion industry, with a focus on:
    • Main players and market drivers
    • The transition from batteries for consumer electronics, to batteries for electric vehicles (EV)
    • Policy changes in key markets like China, Japan, Korea, Europe, and the US
  • 09:35 - 10:05

Manufacturing of Li-ion

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • A cradle-to-gate analysis of Li-ion manufacturing:
    • Raw Materials needed for Li-ion batteries
    • Manufacturing processes
    • Cell formats (cylindrical, prismatic, pouch, coin cell)
  • 10:05 - 10:55

Materials for Li-ion

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Cathode materials (LCO, NMC, LFP, NCA)
  • Anode materials (graphite, LTO, Silicon, Lithium Metal)
  • Electrolytes (liquid, polymer, inorganic)
  • Inactive materials (conductive agents, current collectors, binders, additives)
  • 10:55 - 11:10
  • Networking break
  • 11:10 - 11:30

Advanced Li-ion

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • New materials for Li-ion (NMC622, NMC811, solid electrolytes)
  • New formats (thin film, flexible)
  • New capabilities (fast charging, battery swapping, wireless charging)
  • 11:30 - 12:00

Batteries for EVs

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Main battery choices from automakers
  • Battery technologies for different EV categories (cars, trucks, forklifts, industrial, AGVs, drones, ships, airplanes)
  • 12:00 - 12:25

Batteries for other markets

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Battery choices for 3C (consumer, communication, computing)
  • Battery choices for wearables
  • Battery choices for extreme applications (oil and gas, medical, heavy-duty)
  • 12:25 - 12:45

Summary and conclusions

Compiled by Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • 12:45 - 13:00
  • Questions and answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 13:00-14:00
  • Lunch
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