Philippines to develop home grown batteries for EVs

Philippines to develop home grown batteries for EVs

An effort to develop local battery technology for electric vehicles (EV) and renewable energy industries in the Philippines will receive over 142 million pesos (RM12.2 million) in funding over the next three years. Called the Centre for Advanced Batteries, this initiative will be lead by the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD).

Further to this, the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) approved the establishment of seven centres under the Science for Change Program (S4CP) with a budget of over 540 million pesos (RM46.47 million) to promote research and innovation in outlying areas and in increase the country’s industrial competitiveness in the region, reports, a section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Centre for Advanced Batteries will receive the lion’s share of funding, with the rest ear marked for research into areas such as vector diseases, sustainable polymers, water infrastructure, climate change, disaster risk management and coastal engineering. For the battery project, the aim is to optimise and lower costs through the use of nickel and iron, abundant resources in Malaysia’s ASEAN neighbour.

Philippines to develop home grown batteries for EVs

Kicking off research is an initial project on Advanced Cathode Materials for next-generation batteries. This will be followed by research into Renewed Edison Batteries (REBCell) which aims to increase the performance of traditional battery technology by increasing energy and power densities.

Asked about the feasibility of establishing a local EV battery industry, Ferdinand Raquelsantos, chair emeritus of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) and president of Electric Vehicle Owners Society said there were several attempts at battery manufacturing in the Philippines but were unable to be realised due to a pending EV law.

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  • Avenger on Jun 03, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Firstly they’d had to get nickel & other rare earth minerals from active Mayon volcano. Lets see how many will die in that pursuit for money.

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  • Soloq Sea Gypsies on Jun 03, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Greatest pinoy invention is Molten Pinatubo Battery

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  • stick on Jun 03, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    now their abundant maids can finally be put to good use

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  • tim stoddard on Jun 04, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Competing against Indonesia will prove to be very difficult. All phases of nickel/cobalt/NPI processing are power intensive, and Indo uses coal, a cheap and abundant source…PI lacks viable coal resources and desire to build new power plants. PI too late to the party.

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