Cobalt-free high-voltage spinel for next-generation lithium-ion rechargeable batteries
The development of better materials for use in rechargeable batteries is key to the future of many industries. Topsoe are now developing next-generation battery materials for rechargeable batteries that will be safer, lighter, more durable, faster to charge, more powerful and more cost-effective. Our main focus is on developing and optimizing cathode materials that address increasingly important issues relating to cost and the raw materials supply chain.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries
Topsoe LNMO (Lithium Nickel Manganese Oxide) cathode material is a cobalt-free high-voltage (5V) spinel for use in next-generation lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
LNMO (LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4) battery chemistry has numerous advantages. The high working potential and high energy density pave the way to either longer operating ranges or a smaller battery package, whilst the three-dimensional spinel structure makes it possible to achieve high discharge rates and fast battery charging. The absence of cobalt and the relatively low nickel content make this a cost-effective alternative to today’s mainstream lithium-ion battery chemistries.
Cathode materials best suited for specific applications
The on-going production scale-up means Topsoe will be able to support our customers with ton-scale deliveries of Topsoe LNMO cathode material from 2020 onwards. The battery industry can benefit from Topsoe’s unique technology and materials science capabilities to develop the cathode materials best suited for specific applications.
Our ambition is to develop optimized cathode materials for use in automotive electric vehicles by entering into appropriate partnerships. We believe this will be the best way to secure our technology and IP portfolio a place in the market, and to establish large-scale production that is able to meet the stringent demands of the future.
If you are working on a battery project and are looking for ways to optimize battery performance, we suggest you contact us to hear how we can help – whatever anode and electrolyte you may be using.