Despite the ongoing pandemic, BASF has confirmed the timetable for starting up its battery materials plants in Europe in 2022. Both sub-projects in Finland and Germany have recently made significant progress.
After building the foundations for its plant for precursors for cathode materials, BASF has now officially started construction in Harjavalta, Finland, and has also received the building permit for the planned plant at the Schwarzheide site in Germany. The company announced this in an announcement. BASF remains true to its promise to “provide cell manufacturers and OEMs in Europe with a reliable and sustainable local supply,” it said.
When the plants start production in 2022, capacities should be sufficient to supply BASF battery materials for 400,000 BEVs per year. The company thus aims to be “the world’s leading supplier of high energy density CAM for the automotive industry. CAM is the abbreviation for “cathode active material”.
“We are determined to offer innovative high-performance products with a reduced carbon footprint along the battery value chain,” said Peter Schuhmacher, President of BASF’s Catalysts division. “Through regional production combined with renewable energy sources and the use of energy-efficient and proprietary process technologies, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint: by about 30 per cent compared to the conventional industry standard on the market”.
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