Lithium-ion battery materials become more and more critical whilst the world gets into the "Mobility era". From consumer electronics to green vehicles, rechargeable batteries will be needed along the way.
The cathode: key criteria for battery performance
These batteries are key to the performance of smartphones, notebook PCs, tablets, as well as hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries are made from key components: the electrolyte, the anode, and the cathode.
Being the active component, the cathode can be made from several raw materials, according to the technology used. This technology which will be impacting range, lifecycle, and energy performance of the battery.
The different cathode materials technologies (LCO, LMO, NMC, NCA, and LFP, mainly) are all made from critical raw materials, but only two of them use Manganese as a raw material.
LMO and NMC, the main technologies, using Manganese
LMO - Lithium Manganese Oxide - and NMC - Nickel Manganese Cobalt - are forecasted, according to the industry experts, to be the more used technologies, especially thanks to green vehicles growing perspectives.
To satisfy the ever growing demand for consumer electronics and green vehicles, lithium-ion battery materials manufacturers need cathode materials featuring very-low alkalis content for better performance.
Producing tomorrow's Manganese chemicals:
Our MnSO4 HP for the lithium-ion industry
ERACHEM has developed, with cathode materials producers, a tight technical cooperation leading to an original and tailor-made MnSO4 HP(High Purity) based on a highly efficient chemical process. Laboratory pilot and industrial samples have been produced for qualification purposes in a very fast and efficient mode.
After positive market responses, a 3,000 tons/year facility was launched in 2010, then followed by the erection of a brand new 10,000 tones/year production unit early 2012.
This high grade material matches high purity and stringent water solubility requirements from our collaborators.
An efficient go-to-market approach,
Evolving rapidly from semi-industrial sample to commercialization
This example shows the capacity of ERACHEM to develop in a “fast track” process, a new product in less than three years, designed to be manufactured in industrial volumes.
One of our key strengths is illustrated through this success story, in a rapidly evolving environment, especially in the lithium-ion battery materials industry.