Hideaki Horie’s innovation is to replace the battery’s basic components, which are metal-lined electrodes and liquid electrolytes, with a resin construction. He says this approach dramatically simplifies and speeds up manufacturing, making it as easy as “buttering toast.”
They make 10-meter-long battery sheets which are stacked on top of each other to increase capacity. These resin-based batteries are also resistant to catching fire when punctured.
In March, APB raised $74 million. This will be used to build a plant in central Japan with 1 gigawatt-hour capacity by 2023.
APB will first focus on stationary batteries used in buildings, offices and power plants. The stationary battery market will be worth $100 billion by 2025 worldwide — more than five times its size last year — according to estimates by Wood Mackenzie.
APB has already lined up its first customer, a large Japanese company whose niche and high-value-added products sell mostly oversea
Nissan is also working on all polymer batteries. Nissan licensed the technology to APB in 2018.
SOURCES- JApan Times, Nissan News
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