Kodak to fabricate EV batteries utilizing movie manufacturing equipment, Auto Information, ET Auto

Famend movie manufacturing model, Eastman Kodak Firm (Kodak) has teamed up with Wildcat Discovery Applied sciences to make use of their previous tools to make batteries for electrical automobiles.

The print maker has invested a minority stake in Wildcat, a expertise agency that makes use of proprietary high-throughput strategies for speedy improvement of recent battery supplies.

Wildcat is growing a breakthrough EV ‘Tremendous Cell’ designed to ship greater than 90% enchancment in power density in comparison with at present’s greatest batteries, which may speed up the widespread adoption of EVs.

Kodak’s funding might be used to assist speedy improvement of the brand new expertise, which goals to have the ‘Tremendous Cell’ prepared for commercialization in two years. The corporate has entered into an settlement with Wildcat to offer coating and engineering companies to develop and scale movie coating applied sciences which might be vital to the protection and reliability of the following technology of EV battery expertise.

Wildcat provides Kodak sure rights to barter a manufacturing or licensing association with Wildcat as soon as Wildcat’s expertise reaches business preparation. “This funding in Wildcat displays Kodak’s dedication to constructing new companies by leveraging our present abilities and infrastructure. Coating substrate is a crucial facet of constructing batteries and nobody is best at coating than Kodak,” mentioned Jim Continenza, Kodak Government President and CEO. “We’re excited concerning the alternative to collaborate with an innovator like Wildcat to offer extra highly effective, safe options for purposes equivalent to power storage and EV batteries, and take part on this quickly rising market,” he added.

Kodak’s funding represents the continued enlargement of our superior supplies and chemical compounds group because it leverages its experience in coating expertise developed over many years in movie manufacturing to pursue alternatives within the rising battery market.

For the previous a number of years, Kodak has been utilizing its pilot coating facility to coat supplies on substrates for EVs or power storage batteries and gas cells for quite a lot of clients. It’s increasing the capability and capability of this pilot facility with a brand new small-scale coating machine that might be totally operational in early 2023.

As well as, the corporate has introduced that it has repurposed a full-scale manufacturing coating machine to fabricate coated substrates for cathode and anode assemblies within the EV/power storage battery market. Kodak has begun offering coated supplies to a battery producer and is within the strategy of scaling up manufacturing, with a most capability of 80 million sq. meters per yr.

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