Improvements in battery technology are necessary to drive forward the electric vehicle (EV) industry in Europe. The EU-funded NoVOC project plans to design two competitive cell-manufacturing technologies for automotive batteries: dry and wet cell. Researchers will manufacture automotive cells in two formats – pouch and cylindrical – at a fraction of the current costs of cell manufacturing. Importantly, the cells will contain no toxic organic solvents.
The project NoVOC addresses the Topic Environmentally sustainable processing techniques applied to large scale electrode and cell component manufacturing for Li ion batteries. The activities of NoVOC are tailored to the challenges addressed by the call topic:
- Lower carbon footprint cell manufacturing in Europe.
- New sustainable electrode and cell manufacturing techniques with low energy consumption, and no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions.
- Electrode coating production techniques eliminate organic solvents reduce the capital costs associated to the solvent recovery system.
- Dry manufacturing techniques with next generation materials.
- Industrializing closed loops and process design to return low-value chemicals from manufacturing processes to high-value products.
In NoVOC we aim to design and demonstrate two competitive cell manufacturing technologies aqueous and dry cell manufacturing technologies for automotive batteries intended for production in Europe. The innovations proposed in NoVOC centre on improvements of cell manufacturing process by integrating two novel electrode manufacturing processes into the currently available cell assembly process and demonstrate manufacturability of automotive cells in two formats (pouch and cylindrical) with no toxic organic solvent at the fraction of the cell manufacturing cost that is currently available today. Next generation cell manufacturing processes developed in Europe for electric vehicles batteries.