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Ionic Mineral Technologies Partners with ANDRITZ on Nano-silicon Mass Production for EVs

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Ionic Mineral Technologies, a leading U.S. producer of nano-silicon anode powders, has joined forces with the global technology group

Ionic Mineral Technologies, a leading U.S. producer of nano-silicon anode powders, has joined forces with the global technology group ANDRITZ to manufacture essential battery materials for advanced lithium-ion batteries. This collaboration seeks to expand Ionic MT’s nano-silicon production approach to address the increasing need for battery materials, supporting the development of faster-charging, longer-range lithium-ion batteries.

Andre Zeitoun, CEO of Ionic MT, commented, “Our collaboration will set a new standard for sustainability in the battery supply chain and contribute to making the U.S. a leading global producer of critical materials at the scale necessary to support the fast-growing clean energy economy.”

Ionic MT intends to leverage ANDRITZ’s state-of-the-art automation and simulation as well as dewatering, drying and acid regeneration technologies to manufacture Ionisil, a naturally derived nano-silicon anode material for lithium-based batteries that enhances anode capacity up to eightfold and significantly accelerates charging speed. The partnership will transition Ionic MT’s patented nano-silicon production technology into a large-scale, continuous manufacturing process that yields over 20,000 tons of Ionisil per year, enough to supply well over 2.5 million EVs annually.

At the heart of this partnership lies a shared commitment to efficiency and sustainability. The collaboration aims to achieve up to 99% recycling of chemicals used in the Ionisil nano-silicon production process through cutting-edge technologies engineered by ANDRITZ. Alumina and magnesium waste streams from Ionisil production are planned to be converted into value-added by-products, contributing to a circular economy. An ANDRITZ site-wide control system and operational readiness package will ensure consistent product quality while optimizing resources utilization.

“With the electrification of transportation accelerating, the need for a robust and sustainable supply chain of battery materials has never been greater,” said Mark Staton, President and CEO North America at ANDRITZ Inc. “The collaborative effort between Ionic MT and ANDRITZ is a proactive step towards shaping a more sustainable future.”

SOURCE: Ionic Mineral Technologies

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