Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is trying to leverage research on solid-state batteries for electric cars.

The organization allocates 10 ¥10-billion ($90 million) for the research to be conducted by 23 automobile, battery, and material manufacturers as well as 15 universities / public research institutes. Participants includes Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Panasonic and more...

The government hopes that the technology will be ready by fiscal year 2022. The target price on the pack level for EV batteries was set at $90/kWh by 2030 (a third of the current value, according to the report). Another target is a 10-minute recharge.

"The project... will tackle technologies that are currently bottlenecks for mass production of solid-state Li-ion batteries (SSLIB) such as the solid electrolyte; electrolyte coating with active material, and the sheet formation of the electrolyte-electrode layer.

In addition, the project will develop simulation technology to predict the deterioration of all-solid LIB cells and battery packs, and test evaluation methods for durability and safety with international standardization."

At a press conference, Yoshiteru Sato, an executive director of NEDO, warned that while Japan “has a big lead” in developing the all solid-state battery, which uses solid substances instead of an electrolytic solution, research in other countries is advancing as well.

Previously, Japanese industry started cooperation on solid-state batteries around Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec).

Partners participating in this project include:

  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Honda R & D Laboratories
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • GS Yuasa Corporation
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Maxell Corporation
  • Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • Yamaha Mr. Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • JSR Corporation
  • Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
  • Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
  • Toray Industries, Ltd.
  • Nippon Shokubai
  • Fujifilm Corporation
  • Mitsui Chemicals Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Kuraray Co., Ltd.
  • Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd.
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co.
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • National Institute for Materials Science
  • National Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)
  • Osaka Industrial Technology Research Institute,
  • Kyushu University; Kyoto University
  • Gunma University; Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Toyohashi University of Technology
  • Nagoya University
  • Hyogo University of Teacher Education
  • Hokkaido University
  • Osaka Prefecture University
  • Konan Gakuen
  • Japan Automobile Research Institute

source: Green Car Congress