In February 2023, the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources released the National Battery Strategy. Stating capacity is needed for the National Electricity Market (NEM) to increase its use of renewables to 82 per cent by 2030 under the Powering Australia plan. Australia is a major producer of raw battery materials, but most battery manufacturing currently occurs overseas. The Australian Government is committed to supporting battery industries in Australia. The demand for batteries is expected to skyrocket in the next 10 years! Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have become one of the main energy storage solutions and will therefore be a strategic industry for Australia in the future.
Headland Technology is working alongside their partner TRUMPF to support Australia’s “National Battery Strategy”. TRUMPF’s experience in laser technology as well as sheet metal processing provides customers with perfect solutions for the industrial production of the entire battery manufacturing process chain.
The challenges of lithium-ion battery manufacturing
The manufacturers of Lithium-ion batteries face many challenges such as safety concerns of raw volatile materials, quality control, scalability issues and production costs to name a few.
With the advent of electric cars and the high energy density of modern-day lithium-ion batteries, the demand for this battery technology is expected to grow significantly. Battery manufacturers are facing a dilemma where the scalability of production will drive up costs if there is no innovation in the manufacturing processes.
Many battery manufacturing processes require precision, high volume throughput, high factor of safety, reliability and lowest cost per unit to be viable. Employing the right technologies takes time, planning and effort to implement correctly, which means unfortunately the industry has been slow to adopt the latest advancements in technology.
The laser is a key technology in the manufacturing process for battery cells
Lasers offer many benefits in the production of lithium-ion batteries for e-mobility and now is seen to be an essential production tool. The range of laser applications in the electrode, cell, module, and pack manufacturing steps are immense. Applications such as the low-resistance welding of live components, gas-tight sealing of battery cells as well as highly intricate cutting of electrodes are applications worthy of special mention.
TRUMPF, being a pioneer in the industry, offers a variety of solutions that solve many of the core issues battery manufacturers are facing today. Whether it be high-powered green wavelength laser sources, digitally programmable focusing optics, patented dual-core fibre optics, galvanometer-based scanning systems or advanced computer vision for quality control and verification; Trumpf have a technology solution for each step in the manufacturing process of lithium-ion batteries.
Headland Technology will explain in a series of articles its contribution to supporting the battery manufacturing industry with laser technology solutions from our partner TRUMPF. TRUMPF is a high-tech company, that has proven its capability as an ideal partner for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. We will focus on the following three key processes in battery manufacturing:
- Contact welding
- Battery foil cutting
- Battery enclosure welding
Headland Technology can help you find the right laser technology to manufacture lithium-ion batteries
Headland’s 70+ years of service to the Australian manufacturing industry, supporting the conception, planning, implementation and servicing of high-tech equipment, prove they have what it takes to be thought leaders in your industry. Headland’s partners are nothing short of experts in their fields and together solve manufacturing issues that others thought were impossible.
TRUMPF’s Laser Applications Center in Ditzingen, Germany, is one of the largest laser application centres in the world. Using your actual component, our application specialists and industry experts will support you during application development.
Headland Technology is dedicated to supporting business growth by utilising manufacturing and machine technology to solve your industry’s toughest problems. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.