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Sustainable graphite pilot project kicks off in Canada

By Mary Page Bailey |

A new project in Canada will build a pilot facility to demonstrate a carbon-neutral production strategy for battery-grade graphite materials. Nouveau Monde Graphite (Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Québec, Canada; www.nouveaumonde.ca) has signed an agreement with Olin Corp. (Clayton, Mo.; www.olin.com) to construct two commercial-scale graphite-purification furnaces within Olin’s existing facility in Bécancour, Québec, which also enables the project to leverage the area’s extensive hydropower infrastructure. Nouveau Monde Graphite has developed a proprietary thermochemical process, which employs Olin’s chlorine-based products, and enables graphite purity levels exceeding 99.95%, explains Eric Desaulniers, founder, president and CEO of Nouveau Monde Graphite. The process has been tested at laboratory scale, and also at commercial levels using adapted third-party equipment. According to Desaulniers, the access to hydropower is the key differentiator for the project, which will harness this clean energy source to power the world’s first all-electric graphite-extraction operation at an open-pit mine, enabling a vertically integrated, low-carbon operation from graphite ore to battery-grade anode material. Commissioning of the purification…
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