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The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture

Discussion in 'Battery Discussion' started by doug, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    #1 doug, Dec 20, 2008
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    A Voltron for lithium batteries? 14 companies, Argonne National Lab join forces - AutoblogGreen

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    US gov't lab, 14 firms team up on lithium battery - Forbes.com
     
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    I think this is great to try and bring US battery manufacturing back domestically.

    Although I think they tried to do something similar during the EV1 days, and most of that money just disappeared. I vaguely remember reading about it as part of "The Car That Could" that was partially responsible for Ovonics and the NiMH batteries, but perhaps someone else here better remembers the details. We all know what happened with Ovonics, but I believe there were other battery companies (Sulfur based and others) which didn't pan out, but did take lots of taxpayer money. I very much hope this is more successful.
     
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    I think the foundry model is a good way to do it. Kinda like a TSMC for batteries.
     
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    I have imagined this exact model before when thinking about how it would be possible to get automotive battery pack prices down. Should be interesting to see how they work together given all the difference types of li-ions and probably also proprietary things involved.
     
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    Strange that none of the customers (i.e. car companies) are involved in the consortium.

    It will be good for the likes of Eagle Picher - I know that today they are using GS-Yuasa cells in their satellite li-ion products.
     
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    What about the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium? I'm curious how these two different organizations will work together, if at all.
     
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    My hope is that this is more about manufacturing and less about research. Starting with existing technology and staying ready for next year's product (not the next decade's).
     
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    I would love for this to come to pass and be successful. I always felt post-demise of the EV1 et al, that we were de facto ceding future battery technology to Asia. I hope we can reverse this. The future of the US economy depends on leading in some strategic technologies like this.
     
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