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Arkema & Verkor Partner to Strengthen Sustainable Battery Development in Europe

Published on 2021-07-15. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive    Electrical & Electronics     New Energy Solutions   

arkema-battery-sustainability Arkema becomes a shareholder and technological partner of Verkor, a French start-up specialized in the production of high-performance batteries. Arkema, thanks to its cutting-edge materials and innovative solutions that it provides in batteries, in particular for electric vehicles, is thus strengthening its development in batteries and clean mobility.

Funding for Verkor Innovation Center

Arkema contributed several million euros to Verkor’s recent €100 million round of fundraising, which will enable the construction of the Verkor Innovation Center near Grenoble, then the launch of the first Gigafactory dedicated to battery production whose construction is expected to start in 2023. The Verkor Innovation Center, which should be operational in 2022, will provide a collaborative space to optimize smart industrial processes and create new generations of batteries.

Arkema is thus joining an ambitious project involving close technological collaboration with partners such as Renault Group, EQT Ventures, EIT InnoEnergy, Groupe IDEC, Schneider Electric, Capgemini, Tokai Cobex, and Demeter. The Group will bring its wide range of high-performance materials and products for batteries and will thus participate in setting up an integrated industrial battery production chain in Europe that will enable to meet the expected strong growth in demand.

Sustainable Solutions for Next-generation Batteries

The development of next generation batteries is a priority area of development for Arkema, which aims to become a Specialty Materials leader offering innovative and sustainable solutions to meet its customers’ challenges. Promoting the development of electric mobility, this project is in line with Arkema’s CSR strategy to support European climate targets.

From Kynar® resins to Graphistrength® carbon nanotubes to Foranext® electrolytes salts – the new materials developed by the Arkema Group extend battery lifetime and increase storage capacity. The increased use of mobile technologies, electric vehicles, and renewable energies require the development of rechargeable batteries which are ever more efficient, light and robust.

Through its development of polymers and components specifically designed for lithium-ion polymer batteries, the Arkema group is providing energy storage specialists with effective solutions.

Source: Arkema
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