Nano One Materials Corp., based in Vancouver, B.C., is a clean technology company with patented processes for the production of lithium-ion battery cathode materials that enable secure and resilient supply chains for electrification.
The company is currently undertaking lithium iron phosphate (LFP) trials, with initial engineering plans for its first full scale commercial plant are nearing completion. Additionally, six new patents will help to enhance its global portfolio of intellectual property.
“We are doing One-Pot LFP trials in Nano One’s Candiac facility,” said Nano One’s Chief Commercialization Officer Denis Geoffroy, “and we have been producing tonne sized batches successfully in the existing commercial scale equipment for a few months now.”
“In parallel we are installing smaller modular One-Pot reactors, engineered and built in Québec, so that we can also do smaller trials, evaluate new reactor designs and fast track our plans,” adds Geoffroy. “We are on budget, on time and on target to have our first 200 tonnes of capacity commissioned by the end of Q3 producing samples for third party commercial evaluation, with volumes up to 2000 tonnes, to follow in 2024. Each milestone increases project certainty, instills confidence in our future customers, and advances our commercialization journey.”
The supply of critical minerals and raw material inputs are being trialed in large scale batches, providing Nano One with greater certainty of feedstock quality and full scale operating conditions and the new reactors will be automated with feeding and dosing systems to ensure consistent quality and reproducibility of LFP samples.
Learnings and offtake agreements from these trials are also expected to shape expansion plans and revenue projections for the existing plant up to 2,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). This extends to the adjacent future commercial plant and initiatives beyond Candiac to scale further to hundreds of thousands of tonnes.
Nano One aims to demonstrate scalability and production for third party qualification with the goal of securing offtake agreements and first revenues with its partners, that could clear a path for rapid commercial scale-up. The trials will also facilitate further learnings on equipment, engineering, quality systems and operational excellence.
The company also announced significant progress on key technologies with six new patents that are approved for issuance, or have issued, in Canada, United States and Japan, bringing its global total to 33, in large part thanks to ongoing support from Government of Canada.
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