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Clariant focusing on wet process technology for lithium-iron phosphate cathode materials for automotive

26 February 2014

Clariant, a leader in specialty chemicals, is focusing on its Wet Process Technology to ensure benchmark quality, premium lithium-iron phosphate cathode materials for automotive OEMs and battery manufacturers. (Earlier post.)

Clariant’s Life Power P2 lithium-iron phosphate cathode materials product family is produced at its Candiac (Phostech Lithium) site in Canada. The company is closing its dry process pilot plant at St. Bruno, Montreal, emphasizing its confidence in the superior power performance and consistent quality achieved through Wet Process Technology.

Life Power P2 has demonstrated a specific capacity of almost 160 mAh/g—close to the theoretical maximum value of LiFePO4. In half cell measurements at a 10C rate, Life Power P2 demonstrated a specific capacity of more than > 120 mAh/g.

The key contributor to its superior electrochemical characteristics is the presence of primary particles in a size between 100-300 nm that are formed in the precipitation process.

Life Power P2 provides vehicle battery manufacturers with a cathode material with long term price stability, as all components are available in abundance. It features high thermal stability and is therefore much safer than conventional cathode materials.

The raw materials are non hazardous, which reduces environmental and health risks significantly. Batteries based on Life Power P2 also have a long life, high power, and can be charged within short time, according to the company.

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