BASF open new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany
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BASF to open new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany

11:11 AM, 12th February 2020
BASF's production site Schwarzheide is located in the Lausitz region of southern Brandenburg, Germany, and is one of the company's largest production sites in Europe.
BASF's production site Schwarzheide is located in the Lausitz region of southern Brandenburg, Germany, and is one of the company's largest production sites in Europe.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF is announcing a new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany. The company said that this as part of its multi-step investment plan to support the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. This state-of-the art plant will produce cathode active materials (CAM) with an initial capacity enabling the supply of around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year with BASF battery materials.

Innovative cathode materials by BASF increase the performance of batteries, promoting the success of climate-friendly mobility.

The Schwarzheide plant’s modular design and infrastructure allows for the rapid scale-up of manufacturing capacities enabling BASF to meet increasing customer demand for the European EV market. The plant in Schwarzheide will use precursors (PCAM) from BASF’s previously announced plant in Harjavalta, Finland. Startup of the two plants is planned for 2022.

The site in Schwarzheide uses an energy-efficient gas and steam turbine power plant that operates on the principle of combined heat and power generation. It is currently being modernized to further increase its eco-efficiency. Until the battery materials plant is commissioned, the integration of renewable energies is also planned. The Harjavalta plant will utilize renewable energy resources, including hydro, wind and biomass-based power. This advantageous energy mix will provide CAM material with a very low CO2 footprint.

“The plants in Finland and Germany will offer our customers reliable access to tailored high-nickel cathode active materials in proximity to their European manufacturing facilities. With these investments in Finland and Germany, BASF will be the first CAM supplier with local production capacities in today’s three major markets – Asia, the U.S. and Europe. BASF will become the leading supplier with a reliable, sustainable and European-based supply chain which will comprise base metal supply, particularly nickel and cobalt, precursor production, and cathode material production within one region,” said Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, President, Catalysts division at BASF.

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