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Seven Dutch hopefuls in battery technology

Paul van Gerven
Leestijd: 6 minuten

The Dutch high-tech ecosystem has sprouted seven companies that are looking to improve lithium-ion battery technology, or market completely different battery designs.

The battery has entered a golden age. It has already been indispensable for a range of applications, but with the anticipated transition to electric driving and increasing adoption of renewable energy sources, the world is rushing to increase battery manufacturing capacity. For example, global lithium-ion cell manufacturing is expected to rise from 95.3 GWh per year in 2020 to 410.5 GWh per year in 2024, according to market research firm Globaldata.

The world will also need better batteries. Researchers and companies are frantically trying to improve the lithium-ion cells or come up with alternative technology that’s better suited for particular applications. After all, buffering supply and demand in the electrical grid is a different ball game than getting an electric car to drive as far as possible on a single charge.

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