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Posted on April 9, 2013 by  & 

Patented technology could reduce costs of Li-ion materials by 50%

Perfect Lithium is developing technology to boost the performance and drive down the cost of the lithium-ion materials that power consumer electronics, electric vehicles and industrial storage batteries by as much as 50%.
The company has filed patents for the novel technology which is founded on low cost and scalable methods to synthesize nano-structured materials. The ground breaking process boosts ion activity and energy density while eliminating the costly time, labour and energy of incumbent methods.
The efficiency gains are achieved by reducing raw material input requirements, by simplifying the methods of processing these raw materials, and by providing unique nanostructures that enhance performance characteristics such as energy storage, power and cycling.
Today's battery materials are prepared using a variety of different methods, requiring time consuming, labour intensive and high-energy procedures, often with expensive solvents and reactants. Up-and-coming battery materials are often encumbered by economically impractical procedures that impede ease of scale-up for commercialization.
Perfect Lithium's methods do not require rigorous and intensive steps such as the repetitive grinding, milling and blending currently in common use. The process takes place at ambient or mild temperatures and standard pressures, eliminating needs for super or subcritical conditions. There are no expensive chemicals or reactants, and normal procedures such as filtering and washing are not required. In some cases, up to 75% of the steps have been eliminated.
The patent pending methodology will bring much needed efficiency gains to the preparation of today's lithium-ion cathode materials and it will also provide a scalable and economically viable production route for next generation battery materials in electronics, transportation and grid storage applications.
A robust portfolio of intellectual property has already begun - there is on-going optimization for a variety of materials and the company have plans for a piloting phase in 2014.
With key patents now filed, the Company is in a position to further negotiations with a number of interested companies. It is Perfect Lithium's intention to leverage the value of its technologies and seek strategic partnerships and financiers to assist with the piloting, licensing and deployment of the technology into the multifaceted battery space.
Source: Perfect Lithium
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