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Animal faeces-derived carbon materials firm in partnership to commercialise sodium-ion batteries

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 17:10 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery developer Faradion and US energy company Phillips 66 have launched a technical collaboration to develop sodium-ion anode materials.

Faradion has previously developed 'carbon-containing starting materials' for sodium batteries from animal faeces. 

The multi-year collaboration aims to fast-forward large-scale industrialisation of Faradion’s hard carbon anodes, beginning with the technical collaboration, before moving to pilots, commercialisation, then mass rollout.

The company says its batteries offer cell-level energy densities in the range of 160Wh/kg. At 100Ah pouch-cell scale, it’s projected to reach a specific energy of 190Wh/kg later this year. 

Research and development will be conducted in the UK (Oxford and Sheffield) and in the US (Oklahoma and Houston).

A spokesman for Faradion told BEST: “Carbon, in the form of graphite, works well as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries, but it is electrochemically less active towards sodium.

“So one area that needed more attention is the development of new anode electrode materials, particularly for sodium-ion batteries. In our patent, we take carbon-containing starting materials from animal-derived material— or in other words, animal faeces— and process it into hard carbon for use in our anodes. 

“We can now produce high-value sodium-ion battery materials from resources such as waste water and poultry manure.”

The batteries will be designed for stationary and mobile storage applications

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