We simply reported on a rumor floating round within the Chinese language press that BYD will start manufacturing sodium-ion batteries within the first half of 2023, a rumor that the corporate has denied. But right this moment the corporate introduced it is going to construct a brand new battery manufacturing facility in Wenzhou, China, that can produce 20 GWh of batteries by the point it’s completed in 2024.
However what sort of batteries will it make? That’s the key query and BYD is being coy about answering it, apart from to say in a press launch that the batteries made within the new manufacturing facility might be “produced with one of many at present accessible promising battery applied sciences.”
BYD is closely concerned with its Blade batteries, which use LFP chemistry. However is it attainable the brand new manufacturing facility would be the first to fabricate sodium-ion batteries? After all, something is feasible. Nonetheless, the timing of the rumor and the brand new announcement definitely counsel that’s what BYD is planning. There are additionally rumors that BYD could also be near manufacturing solid-state batteries. If true, that may make it the primary firm on the planet to take action.
CnEVPost studies that BYD at present has about 20 energy battery manufacturing bases in China, and is among the largest battery producers in China, second solely to CATL. Globally, it ranks third in battery manufacturing behind solely CATL and LG Power Answer. In China, BYD is way and away the biggest producers of autos with plugs, a lot of them buses that use the corporate’s LFP battery chemistry.
In August, BYD signed a strategic cooperation settlement with the Yichun metropolis authorities in Jiangxi province, the place it plans to take a position $4 billion in an influence battery manufacturing facility in addition to a mining venture. The manufacturing facility may have an annual capability of 30 GWh whereas the mining venture will have the ability to produce 100,000 tons of battery grade lithium carbonate and ceramic clay, together with lithium, yearly.
The feedback to our prior story are much more informative than something within the press studies and rumors popping out of China. If you wish to know extra concerning the professionals and cons of sodium-ion batteries, scoot on over to the feedback part of that submit. As all the time, I’m amazed on the breadth and depth of information CleanTechnica readers have at their fingertips. I typically be taught as a lot from our them as I do from the web.
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