Canadian nanomaterial firm Nano One has completed the design stage of its lithium battery materials pilot plant.
The pilot will be capable of producing 10kg batches of various lithium mixed metal cathode materials used in electric vehicle, grid storage and consumer electronic batteries.
The company initiated the procurement and construction phase on June 1 and aim to complete building work by early 2017.
Dan Blondal, CEO of Nano One, said: “The goal of the pilot is to simulate full scale production of lithium-ion cathode materials and demonstrate the cost, scalability, performance and novelty of Nano One’s technology to strategic industry players.
“We are pleased to report that the design phase of our pilot plant was completed on schedule and budget at the end of May.”
The plant will demonstrate a variety of processing concepts and chemistries, enabling Nano One to adapt to market needs and produce a range of products.
Back in March Nano One’s unveiled its high-voltage cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cathode material, known as high voltage spinel.
Blondal said the firm’s material contained no cobalt and had a 4.7V potential. He added the material also showed better longevity with over 10 times less energy fade, while measuring up to 50% more energy at high rates of discharge.