MIIT has answered the proposal for vigorously developing sodium-ion batteries in China on Wednesday. The organization plans to coordinate the research institutions involved in the issue to formulate a standard of sodium-ion batteries and will support them in their formulations and approvals.
The key task to reduce carbon emissions is to greatly increase the proportion of new energy products and services. New batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries, are important foundations to apply new forms of energy deployment in many fields.
A sodium-ion battery works in a way similar to a lithium-ion battery in that both types depend on the movement of ions between positive and negative electrodes. In recent years, sodium-ion batteries have been gradually put into large-scale experimental demonstration. In June 2018, the first sodium-ion battery-powered low-speed electric vehicle was released. In June 2021, HiNa Battery Technology Co., Ltd. released the world’s first 1MWh sodium-ion batteries storage system.
MIIT says it will study the standards and policies of sodium-ion batteries in line with national policies and industrial trends, and take into consideration of relevant standards. It will guide the battery industry to develop in a sound and orderly way. MIIT will further strengthen the arrangements in the plan and policy documents of the “14th Five-Year Plan”. It will facilitate the R&D of cutting-edge technology, improve supporting policies, and expand applications in the market as a whole.
MIIT adds that the relevant product catalogues should be improved together with their industrial development, so as to accelerate the application of sodium-ion batteries with better performance and meet the requirements for new energy power stations, vehicles, communication base stations and other fields.