Nano One, a clean technology innovator in battery materials, has joined hands with Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, to co-develop next generation products and processes for Johnson Matthey’s eLNO® family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials using Nano One’s patented One-Pot process and coated nanocrystal technology, for the low-cost, low-carbon footprint production of high-performance lithium ion battery cathode materials.
JM has already made significant progress in the commercialisation of its family of nickel rich advanced cathode materials and has set a new standard in the sustainable production of battery cathode materials.
Nano One’s patented One-Pot process is designed to form a type of cathode material known as ‘coated single crystal’, which can deliver increased durability. The process will also enable these materials to be made directly from metal powders and lithium carbonate to address cost, energy and sustainability objectives across the entire lithium-ion battery supply chain.
The agreement will focus on developing materials, methods of production and a detailed commercialisation study for pre-pilot, pilot and scaled up manufacturing. The agreement is the culmination of successful technical reviews and preliminary evaluations of both Nano One’s high nickel cathode materials and IP conducted over the past year, and represents a significant milestone in the business relationship between both companies.
Johnson Matthey expects its family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials to power the next generation of hybrid and battery electric vehicles in 2024. Its first manufacturing plant, currently under construction in Poland, will initially supply 10,000 MT per annum of eLNO®, equivalent to ~100,000 electric vehicles. The construction of its second plant is scheduled for 2021, and will initially supply 30,000MT of eLNO® per annum.