Lithium battery news: CATL joins GBA board of directors / BYD reports cloud signing ceremony / BASF starts selling sodium-sulfur batteries!

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[CATL was successfully elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Battery Alliance]

The editor learned from the CATL public account that CATL was successfully elected to the new board of directors of the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), and the term of office will start in April 2023 and end in December 2024.

CATL lives up to the title of King Ning, becoming the only Chinese company elected to the board of directors of the Global Battery Alliance, and a member of the Global Battery Alliance Supervisory Committee.

In 2017, the Global Battery Alliance was established by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is the first global battery association.

The members of the Global Battery Alliance are typical representatives from industry companies, governments, non-governmental organizations and academia, covering all aspects of the global battery industry chain.

The Global Battery Alliance takes active actions in battery passports, traceability systems, and ESG, aiming to build a sustainable, responsible and fair global battery industry chain by 2030.

In November this year, CATL launched the “CREDIT” value chain sustainable transparency audit program. This is a set of audit tools for the lithium battery supply chain pioneered in the industry by CATL based on multiple standard system frameworks and according to the actual situation of the industry chain.

The election to the board of directors of the Global Battery Alliance will help CATL continue to lead the green and sustainable development of the industry;

It will also promote the establishment of more scientific, more reasonable and more globally representative carbon footprint rules and contribute to the sustainable development of the global battery industry.

BYD held a cloud signing ceremony

[BYD held a cloud signing ceremony]

On November 23, the cloud signing ceremony of BYD’s new energy power battery production base project was held.

The project will deploy new energy vehicle power batteries and related supporting core parts and components industries in Wenzhou, helping Wenzhou build a 100 billion-level new energy vehicle industry cluster.


One of the achievements of the cooperation between the two parties is that the BYD new energy power battery production base project is located in Qiaotou Town, Yongjia County, with a planned annual production capacity of 20GWh.

[BASF will also begin selling sodium-sulfur batteries]

BASF will partner with natural gas company G-Philos to develop and sell sodium-sulfur battery energy storage systems (NAS) in South Korea.

BASF Stationary Energy Storage (BSES), a subsidiary of the European chemical company, recently announced the signing of a sales and marketing agreement for sodium-sulfur batteries for power-to-gas (P2G), grid and microgrid applications.

The sodium-sulfur battery was introduced in the 1960s. But at present, only Japan’s NGK Co., Ltd. is mass-produced, and it was first commercialized in 1983. At present, there are more than 200 energy storage power station projects in operation around the world, with more than 4GWh of sodium-sulfur battery energy storage systems.

BASF and NGK entered into a partnership in 2019, allowing the chemical company to enter the energy market with “reliable, proven solutions” that provide NGK with global sales channels.

In October 2021, BASF’s new business unit launched a 950kW/5.8MWh sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system at BASF’s production site in Antwerp, Belgium.

BASF Stationary Energy Storage and NGK are now jointly developing sodium-sulfur battery technology, with BASF Stationary Energy Storage as distributor.

“As the use of renewable energy increases, sodium-sulfur batteries will be one of the most important solutions for storing electricity from renewable sources, especially for CO2-free hydrogen production.”

This type of battery has the advantages of high specific energy, high power density, long life, high coulombic efficiency, good environmental adaptability, non-polluting battery operation, low cost of battery raw materials, and wide sources;

In particular, the energy density, according to data reports, has reached the ternary level.

The sodium-sulfur battery operates at about 300°C and can operate for about 15 years without battery aging even with 100% deep discharge cycles every day. It is considered suitable for application scenarios with 6-8 hours of energy storage time.

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