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Süd-Chemie invests €60 million in LFP production

By Gerald Ondrey |

Süd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.sud-chemie.com) is investing approximately EUR 60 million in the production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP), a high performance energy storage material used in batteries for electric vehicle drives and other applications. On the new site of its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Phostech Lithium Inc. (Candiac, Quebec, Canada), the German group is constructing the first industrial production plant for LFP using a new, proprietary production process based-on wet chemistry. By using this process, high grade LFP can be produced in both stable and consistent quality. Commercial production for series delivery will start in 2012 to reach a rate of 2,500 ton/yr. Such volume, will allow the production of approximately 50,000 all-electric automobiles or, alternatively, up to 500,000 vehicles with hybrid drive per year. As a result of the high demand, Süd-Chemie is considerably expanding its production capacity for LFP based on its new wet chemistry production process a technology by which Süd-Chemie can already currently manufacture up to 300 ton/yr of LFP at its site in Moosburg, Germany. With its new technology of wet chemistry synthesis, Süd-Chemie can manufacture LFP in a hitherto unique…
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