Battery materials innovators, Echion Technologies (Echion) and the world’s leading supplier of Niobium products and technology, CBMM have announced a multi-year manufacturing partnership. The partnership will see the construction of a new 2000 tonne per year facility in Araxá, Brazil, to supply, at scale, niobium oxides anode grade to be applied in Echion´s safe, fast-charging and long-life XNO® battery anode material.
The facility; due to open in early 2024, will have the capacity to supply material equivalent to 1GWh of battery cell production. This positions Echion as the first in the market to guarantee the commercial supply of niobium-based battery anode oxides and will allow it to meet the large and growing demand for industrial electrification applications.
Echion’s niobium-based anode material, XNO® delivers lithium-ion battery performance highly suited for industrial, commercial and high value applications that demand the highest up-time, lowest total cost of ownership and highest performance. XNO® enables lithium-ion batteries that can safety charge in less than 10 minutes, maintain high energy densities even at low temperatures, and deliver high power across a cycle life of more than 10,000 cycles. Applications powered by XNO® include battery electric and hybrid trains, mining haul trucks, high-demand buses and delivery vehicles as well as applications in motorsport and space.
The Echion – CBMM manufacturing partnership means that cell manufacturers and OEMs can be assured of prompt availability of large-scale, high-quality supplies of anode active material as they electrify their products.
Jean de La Verpilliere, CEO of Echion, said:
Rogério Marques Ribas, Head of Battery Products at CBMM, said: