Graphite As a Graphite Anode Battery Material
Graphite is one of the key ingredients of lithium-ion batteries. It is a soft, malleable mineral that is used in a wide variety of applications. Some of its uses include fuel cells, solar cells, and nuclear reactors. In the automotive industry, graphite is used as a key component in EV batteries.
Graphite is available in relatively large quantities. However, the market for it is largely dominated by China, where production is controlled. As a result, US dependence on graphite has been on the rise. The International Energy Agency forecasts that in 2040, US usage will reach 53,000 metric tons. Fortunately, new supplies are coming to market outside China.
Anovion, a leading manufacturer of advanced materials, is developing synthetic graphite anode materials for use in lithium-ion battery applications. With more than 140 years of experience in manufacturing synthetic graphite, Anovion has the expertise to produce these materials at a scale that will meet the demand for EVs and other energy storage systems.
Anovion's synthetic graphite anode material is currently undergoing qualification testing with several automotive electric vehicle manufacturers. This testing will help Anovion's products move forward into mass production.
Anovion's goal is to achieve a 150,000 tonne per year capacity in 2030. During this time, the company plans to increase its production by 20%. This will allow Anovion to meet the needs of the electric vehicle industry and other industries that require lithium-ion anode material.
The company has already begun integrating its graphite-based anode materials with Forge Nano, a leading U.S. domestic manufacturer of battery materials. Using specialized coatings, Forge Nano will apply Anovion's synthetic graphite battery materials to a solid electrolyte interphase film.