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Nouveau Monde Graphite

Nouveau Monde opens laboratory to drive lithium-ion R&D

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:12 -- paul Crompton

“Green” lithium-ion battery anode material firm Nouveau Monde Graphite is set to add a state-of-the-art laboratory to its existing quality testing facilities.

The new facilities are part of the firm’s goal to supply “high-performing and environmentally responsible” battery materials that can be tailored to a variety of specifications for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage applications.

The laboratory wil be situated at its premises in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Canada.

The new facilities include equipment covering a range of technical measurements such as: particle size, tapped density, full coin cell preparation equipment, ICP trace element analysis, coating quality and impurity analysis by SEM-EDX.

Arne Frandsen, chairman of Nouveau Monde, said: “Today’s investment in R&D is tomorrow’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

“We continue our confidential and proprietary development efforts with a view to supporting the world’s leading lithium-ion battery makers and intend to continue investing in cutting-edge technology with the support of best-in-class scientists and engineers.”

Recruitment

The company has recruited Mogalahalli V. Venkatashamy Reddy, and Neel Rahem, to its internal technical team that includes specialists in the fields of lithium-ion batteries, carbon materials, bi-polar plates, electrochemistry, and engineered advanced materials.

Reddy is joining as senior professional researcher to advance the company’s product portfolio.

He has worked as a senior researcher at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, the Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, and at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Advanced Batteries Lab and Department of Physics.

Rahem— a chemist specialised in metallurgy, process chemistry and quality programs— is joining the company as laboratory manager.

Prior to working at Nouveau Monde, Rahem looked after laboratory activities for Canadian Royalties, Minerai de Fer Québec, and Glencore.

Image: M.V. Reddy, PhD, senior professional researcher; Martin Brassard, PhD, R&D director; and Neel Rahem, laboratory manager in Nouveau Monde’s new facilities.

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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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