Materials technology group VSPC has successfully produced battery cathode powders and battery cells from lithium ferro phosphate (LFP), and demonstrated improved performance over traditional battery materials.
According to an announcement by parent company Lithium Australia, LEP materials are relatively cheap compared to nickel cobalt manganese and nickel cobalt aluminum which are most commonly used in electric vehicles.
By using LEP feedstocks, including from industrial waste materials and spent lithium ion batteries, and adding manganese, the company has achieved higher energy densities and more duty cycles.
The addition of manganese increases energy density of lithium ferro phosphate battery cells by up to 25 per cent
Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said the company had made great progress towards improving production and sustainability of batteries using its patented manufacturing processes.
Griffin said: “VSPC’s evaluation of low-cost feed materials for lithium ion battery production has the potential to make Australia, already the world’s largest lithium producer, a future battery manufacturing hub.”
Lithium Australia aims to produce advanced components for battery industries globally, and for stationary energy storage systems in Australia.
Picture: Lithium Australia/VSPC pilot plant
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