Battery and advanced materials company Talga Group has produced the first batch of graphite anode material for lithium-ion batteries at its plant in Sweden.
The maiden production of Talnode-C was part of kiln commissioning at Australia-based Talga’s EVA qualification plant in Luleå.
Following the completion of plant commissioning, Talnode-C will be shipped to battery cell makers to undergo next stage commercial testing.
Talga says it has received engagements from 23 unnamed battery manufacturers and “major” automotive OEMs for anode material produced at the EVA plant.
The EVA plant will use Talga’s proprietary production process, including its coating system developed through prior validation processes with automotive OEM customers, to produce the anode material at larger quantities requested by battery cell manufacturers.
The plant’s full commissioning is scheduled for completion late March, with the official opening of the plant planned for early next month.
By 2031, Europe is forecast to require one million tonnes anode per annum (tpa), whilst global demand is projected to reach >8.3 million tpa1.
European graphite mining
Talga is expanding its graphite mineral resources and completed a 56-hole drill program at company’s Vittangi Graphite Project in northern Sweden, last year.
Final drill assay results have been received, returning significant graphite grades, confirming a new deposit at Nunasvaara East and extending the Niska South deposit.
A revision of the Vittangi JORC Mineral Resource has now commenced.