Battery Show ’16: Six things we learnt

By Myles McCormick
Published: Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Here are six things we learnt at the Battery Show 2016 Conference, held on 13-15 September in Novi, Michigan, US.

1. Rising lithium prices do not threaten battery growth

The fact that lithium prices are increasing does not represent a threat to growth in the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, given the small proportion of the overall battery cost (3.5%) lithium accounts for, among other reasons.

2. EVs are here to stay; set to drive lithium demand

In 8-10 years there should be cost parity between electric vehicles (EVs) and the internal combustion engine (ICE). By 2030, demand for lithium from EVs alone would equate to 296% of all lithium produced today, according to Claire Curry of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 

3. China remains key in EV game

By far the largest EV market, Chinese demand is set to be driven in particular by on demand movement fleet sales in the coming years.

4. Efforts need to be made to standardise electric bus infrastructure

Voltage requirements anywhere between 200V and 1,500V need to be catered for in charging stations for electric buses, leading to a push for regional standardisation of equipment in the US, Europe and China.

5. Adoption of solid state lithium batteries in the medium term is possible

Researchers suggested that solid state batteries, which make use of lithium metal as opposed to graphite in the anode, may become a commercial reality in the next five years.

6. Flow batteries may have a significant role to play in energy storage

If chemistries can be refined and costs brought down, vanadium redox flow batteries would be preferable to Li-ion in large scale energy storage projects.