Australian lithium mine company LithiumAustralia and Chinese battery manufacturer Delangen (DLG) formed a joint venture company, SolunaAustraliaPtyLtd, to supply lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage products and ternary batteries to Australia's residential and industrial energy storage systems market.
Due to a series of recent electric car fire accidents highlighting consumers' concerns about the safety and use of ternary lithium batteries, Australia's lithium battery company pointed out the safety of lithium iron phosphate batteries, making it a target market for many applications including energy storage. select.
“We are partnering with China's leading battery manufacturer Delang to provide opportunities for our new division, SolunaAustralia, to serve Australia's leading lithium-ion battery supplier and technology solutions for the fast-growing energy storage systems market. "Adth Griffin, general manager of LithiumAustralia, said.
Delang can be established in 2001, focusing on 18650 batteries, and has three battery core production bases in Ningbo, Shandong and Zhangjiagang. The company's products are widely used in electric vehicles, energy storage, power tools, 3C digital products and other fields.
The current production capacity of the Delangeng Ningbo plant is 500,000 units/day. It mainly produces 3.0-3.5ah-18650 batteries of NCM811 system, and the specific energy of the unit is 257 wh/kg, which is mainly used in the field of new energy vehicles. On this basis, Delang can plan to add two 21700 production lines in the second phase of the project as an upgrade product for the company's 18650 battery.
In 2019, in addition to adhering to the power business, Delang will actively explore the consumer battery market and energy storage market in Europe and overseas, and the business is currently in the process.
It is understood that as part of the joint venture, LVPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LIT, will use its proprietary technology to produce lithium iron phosphate cathode materials for the production of batteries from Delang, and is currently testing samples supplied to Delang.
“Although VSPC technology can be used to produce most lithium-ion battery cathode materials, VSPC has always attached great importance to lithium iron phosphate due to its superior properties (including safety), making it the most suitable choice for energy storage systems.” LithiumAustralia explains Say.
It is understood that VSPC has an extraction method including SiLeach® and LieNA® lithium, which can extract lithium materials and produce lithium batteries from used batteries and mine waste, thereby reducing the cost of raw material procurement and alleviating the pressure of insufficient supply of lithium raw materials.
Among them, SiLeach is a hydrometallurgical process that extracts lithium from mica or minerals, including a new process for removing fluorine and calcium and thermal conversion. The difference between the SiLeach process and the thermal conversion process is that it is not limited by the ore feed size or impurity content, eliminating the need to produce high purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate, thereby significantly reducing costs.
LIT said that the company has successfully used lithium trilithium phosphate (Li3PO4) recovered from mine waste to produce lithium-ion batteries. The SiLeach process is used to recover mine waste at the ANSTO Minerals Test Plant in New South Wales, with a lithium recovery rate of over 90%.
AdtiGriffin, Managing Director of LIT, said, "By providing sustainable technologies for the battery industry, we plan to develop a vertically integrated lithium manufacturing business. These results clearly demonstrate better use of existing resources and reduce energy metal demand. The environmental pressure brought about."