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    Lithium Australia secures patent for nickel/cobalt-free battery cathode powders

    Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) has announced that its subsidiary VSPC has been successful in its Australian patent application covering processes in developing nickel/cobalt-free battery cathode powders.

    The nanotechnology process, which LIT claims is simpler, cheaper and more energy-efficient than competitors, is claimed to provide more-consistent product quality than competitors.

    “The grant of a patent for this most recent process enhances VSPC’s application of previously granted intellectual property to specific types of cathode powders”

    Patent delivers 20 years of IP protection

    Patent #2020203801 granted by the Australian Commissioner of Patents, covers VSPC’s process entitled ‘Method for making lithium metal phosphates’, and will provide the company with 20 years of IP protection within Australia.

    Over several years VSPC has developed areas of its proprietary nanotechnology which allows it to be used on a wider array of raw materials. These innovative processes form the basis for the new patent.

    Phosphate-based cathode materials

    Lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) and lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP) are phosphate-based cathode-active materials that can be produced using VSPC’s patented process at significantly less cost than other methods.

    The company reports that both LFP and LMFP cathode powders outperform nickel-based battery cathode materials in regards to service life, safety, chemical stability and production cost.

    LFP and LMFP may also result in more-sustainable supply chains, as they use 20% less lithium than nickel-based cathodes per kilowatt hour of storage capacity, and do not rely on supply of nickel and cobalt.

    Management comments

    Lithium Australia Managing Director Adrian Griffin said: “The grant of a patent for this most recent process enhances VSPC’s application of previously granted intellectual property to specific types of cathode powders.

    Initial patents, which covered VSPC’s ability to create very small particles, have since been applied to the fastest growing sector of the battery industry – LFP-type LIBs.

    Lithium Australia is a world leader in this technology and is seeking partners to establish commercial production facilities.”

    Tristan Lal
    Originally from Canada, Tristan contributes daily breaking news to Mining.com.au. Tristan completed her Bachelor of Journalism in Queensland, Australia and has over 10 years experience writing on a range of topics including resources, medical, construction, and business.

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    • Delayed Prices (USD) - Last Updated 01-07-2022
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    • Dalian Iron Ore i2209 $121.63
    • Aluminium $2,491.00
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    • Copper $8,365.50
    • Lead $1,971.00
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