Company boasts highest-purity lithium at new plant

  • 05-Oct-2011 03:47 EDT
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Simbol Materials' lithium carbonate will be used to produce cathode battery materials and LiPF6 for electrolytic salts used in electrolyte solutions.

Simbol Materials on Sept. 28 announced the start of commercial production of what it claims is the world’s highest-purity lithium carbonate for use in electrolytes for electric vehicle batteries and other energy-storage applications. Specifically, the lithium carbonate will be used to produce cathode battery materials and LiPF6 for electrolytic salts used in electrolyte solutions. “With the electric vehicle battery industry set to take off, the demand for premium-quality lithium, manganese, and zinc—building blocks for the next generation of energy storage, including EV batteries—requires an urgent and high-performance solution," said Luka Erceg, Chief Executive Officer of Simbol Materials. The plant is located in the Imperial Valley areas of California and will produce about 500 t (551 ton) of lithium carbonate per year.

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