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Li-Ion Batteries: A Review of a Key Technology for Transport Decarbonization

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Corso Magenta 63, 20123 Milano, Italy
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Energies 2020, 13(10), 2638;
Received: 24 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 18 May 2020 / Published: 21 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Energy and Environment)
Lithium ion batteries are experiencing an increased success thanks to their interesting performances, in particular for electric vehicles applications. Their continuous technological improvements in the last years are providing higher energy density and lower manufacturing costs. However, the environmental performance of their supply chain is of paramount importance to guarantee a cleaner alternative to fossil-based solutions on the entire life cycle of the applications. This paper carries out a comprehensive review on the main aspects related to Li-ion batteries manufacturing, to support the readers in understanding the complexity of the subject and the main challenges and opportunities for the future developments of this technology. The paper discusses the expected future demand of batteries; the main aspects related to the supply chain, including existing assets, input materials and alternative technologies; the end-of-life of batteries; the environmental impacts; and the main geopolitical implications. View Full-Text
Keywords: lithium batteries; electric vehicles; sustainability; emissions; environment lithium batteries; electric vehicles; sustainability; emissions; environment
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Stampatori, D.; Raimondi, P.P.; Noussan, M. Li-Ion Batteries: A Review of a Key Technology for Transport Decarbonization. Energies 2020, 13, 2638.

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