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Recycling partnership aims to make lithium-ion battery-grade graphite

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 11:10 -- paul Crompton
Recycling partnership to make lithium-ion battery-grade graphite

Nouveau Monde Graphite and Lithion Recycling have signed a collaboration agreement for the recovery and recycling of graphite for reuse as lithium-ion battery anodes.

The agreement aims to define the most efficient and cost-effective way to turn recycled graphite into anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

The partnership aims to position both companies in the global market using Lithion's hydrometallurgical recycling process and Nouveau Monde’s expertise to promote a graphite circular economy. 

Both companies operate in Québec, with facilities in and around Montréal, Canada. 

The firms will target “western markets” for commercialisation of their products.

A Nouveau Monde spokesman told BEST: “Operational parameters haven’t been finalised just yet. The agreement is the first step toward developing this collaboration and expertise.”

Lithion says its recycling process allows up to 95% of battery components to be recovered and treated so they can be reused by battery manufacturers.

Between 2022-2023, Lithion is set to launch its first commercial recycling plant, drawing on operational data from an industrial-scale demonstration plant in Québec. 

Lithion’s business model includes worldwide deployment, through licensing agreements, aiming at 20 recycling plants. 

Nouveau Monde is working towards developing a fully-integrated source of green battery anode material in Québec, Canada. Targeting commercial operations by 2023.

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MOU to investigate high performance graphite enhanced battery casings

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:36 -- paul Crompton
MOU to investigate high performance graphite enhanced battery casings

Three firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to identify opportunities for the advancement of key battery market segments.

The MoU was signed by materials manufacturer Focus Graphite, lithium-ion battery maker Braille Energy Systems, graphene company Grafoid and Australian battery casing company Vaulta.

An area of interest is Vaulta’s graphene battery case, where heat spreads evenly throughout the pack to enhance safety and extend battery cycle-life.

The cases, which use a blend of graphene and polymer, will be tested through Braille’s network in the automotive starter battery industry.

Brailles’s president and CEO, Lindsay Weatherdon, said: “Vaulta’s new designs allow for dramatic improvements in weight, strength and thermal and electrical conductivity. 

“A reduction in the number of parts and the size also delivers a greatly reduced cost to market as well as greater opportunity for reuse and recycling of parts.”

The MOU also creates a framework for the firms to work collaboratively on establishing viable projects and marketing activities to achieve increased market penetration and revenue potential. 

Additionally, the companies will explore cost-effective manufacturing in North America and conduct market analysis to identify new sectors of interest and co-develop products.

The companies plan to combine resources to evaluate, design methodologies and develop the use of advanced materials suitable for end market product development.

On 1 March, Focus Graphite submitted a provisional patent application related to the field of electrode materials, and in particular the processes for making a new generation of lithium-ion battery anode materials.

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Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and VRFB materials placed on EU Critical Raw Materials list

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:34 -- paul Crompton

Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and vanadium redox flow battery materials have been placed on the 2020 Battery Critical Raw Materials list by the European Commission.

Lithium, antimony, cobalt, natural graphite, and vanadium have all been placed on the list, which is composed every three years following a review of raw materials for their economic importance and concerns over supply risk.

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Indian firm announces plans for 50,000t/pa graphite anode manufacturing plant

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:02 -- paul Crompton

Coal tar derivatives company Epsilon Carbon is planning to invest up to Rs 500 crore ($67 million) over the next five years to manufacture graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries in India.

Introducing itself to the battery material business, the Karnataka, India-based firm, plans to establish a 50,000 tonne per year anode material manufacturing capacity by 2025. 

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Chemical free graphite process could lead to cheaper lithium-ion anode material

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:09 -- paul Crompton

Graphite from Magnis Energy Technologies’ mine in Tanzania could allow the firm to produce some of the lowest cost graphite anode material for the lithium-ion battery market .

Natural graphite produced from the company’s Nachu Graphite Project can be turned into a high performing anode material without any chemical, acid or thermal purification, which cuts overall manufacturing costs say the company.

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Ceylon Graphite eyes battery materials market with first sales from Sri Lanka mine

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 13:24 -- paul Crompton

Canadian headquartered mining firm Ceylon Graphite is preparing to ship graphite to Singapore and Korea after securing its first sales since launching commercial production at its K1 site in Sri Lanka last December.

The firm’s subsidiary Sarcon Development is sending one ton of vein graphite, with carbon content of 95-97%, to 2D Materials so the Singaporean additives firm can evaluate it for its graphene production needs. 

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UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge is set to jointly manufacture its high voltage lithium-ion battery pouch cells in Indonesia with domestic lead-acid firm PT Garda Persada.

Under the terms of the deal, Australia-listed UltraCharge will also market and distribute the pouch batteries with Persada— which will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture.

 

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South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Graphite being produced from two deposits in South Korea could be used to ease the country’s dependence on battery materials from neighbouring China, according to a report by Australia-listed Peninsula Mines.

Peninsula has started a  “test work programme” for material produced at its Eunha Graphite Project and Gapyeong Graphite Project in South Korea.

 

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Australia’s Archer in Uni R&D partnership for batteries

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia’s Archer in Uni R&D partnership for batteries

Australian mining firm Archer Exploration has signed an R&D agreement with the University of New South Wales to focus on carbon-based energy storage technology.

The cooperation will develop graphite and graphene-based materials for lithium-ion batteries— “potentially generating technologies and patents that have commercial applications in reliable energy”, Archer said.

 

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Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:39 -- News Editor
Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Australia’s Syrah Resources has signed a deal to provide a Chinese lithium battery materials supplier with 30,000 tonnes of graphite in the first year of production at its Balama mine in Mozambique.

Syrah said the agreement is with Jixi BTR Graphite Industrial, which supplies battery materials for lithium-ion products used in electric vehicles and the energy storage sector.

 

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