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Martin Kepman, Lithium-ion Battery Futurist & CEO Of Manganese X Energy Reports - New Engineering Confirms The Future Need And Demand For Manganese
Toronto, Canada (KISS PR ) -- University of Queensland Engineers New Technology Doubling the Lifespan of Future Lithium-Ion Batteries by Increasing the Proportions of Manganese in Nickel Manganese-based Cathodes
A team of chemical engineers at the University of Queensland has discovered a way to double the lifespan of high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. The researchers’ technique was published in Nature Communications, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the natural sciences. In addition to an increased lifespan (lasting up to 1000 cycles), the process uses less precious metals and has a higher energy density than traditional lithium-ion batteries.
To extend the lifespan of the battery, the team engineered an epitaxial crystal coating — a single atom thick — to protect the cathode of the battery. The crystal layer forms out of a specific material, made of manganese, nickel, oxygen, and lanthanum, which protects the cathode from dissolving.
Most importantly, this new technology allows lithium-ion batteries to perform better without cobalt, which is nearly impossible to source ethically. Instead, a nickel manganese-based cathode can be used with the capability to deliver voltage as high as 4.5V and last twice as long as the current conventional lithium-ion battery.
The researchers project that the improved lithium-ion battery will be able to enter the market in two to three years, drastically improving the performance of batteries in all of our devices, including laptops, phones, and electric vehicles (EVs).
“This appears to validate Tesla engineers' announcement of their new battery chemistry back in September 2020, highlighting the importance of manganese while eliminating cobalt to improve the lithium-ion battery lifespan with more power and capacity in their future nickel manganese lithium-ion batteries,” states Martin Kepman CEO.
“President Joe Biden issued a directive on Thursday that invokes the Defense Production Act -- a move the administration hopes will kickstart the domestic production and mining of the critical minerals needed to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles and long-term energy storage.”
The directive adds critical minerals -- things like lithium, nickel, graphite, cobalt and manganese -- to the list of items covered by the 1950 Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law that allows the president to use emergency authority to make large orders of a certain type of product or expand productive capacity and supply.
The long term goal, according to White House officials, is to move the country toward renewable energy and electric vehicles. The less the country depends on fossil fuels and gas-powered cars, the less prone consumers are to wild swings in oil prices amid geopolitical conflict.
Elon Musk and Tesla, Working on New Manganese Battery
“Several research groups have published papers on promising manganese-rich cathode batteries that could offer interesting options with a higher energy density than iron-phosphate and potentially lower price than nickel-rich batteries.”
"We believe that in the upcoming years, there will be a huge demand for a Canadian and U.S. supply chain and especially for manganese, which is an integral and growing mineral within the EV battery chemistry. The current EV revolution has put the spotlight on manganese as the electric gold for all future lithium-ion battery chemistries.” Martin Kepman, Futurist.
About Manganese X Energy
9SC2) with its head office in Montreal QC, owns 100% of the Battery Hill property project (1,228 hectares) located in New Brunswick Canada. Battery Hill is strategically situated 12 kilometers from the US (Maine) border, near existing infrastructures (power, railways, and roads). It encompasses all or part of five manganese-iron zones, including Iron Ore Hill, Moody Hill, Sharpe Farm, Maple Hill and Wakefield. According to Brian Way’s (2012) master’s thesis on the Woodstock manganese occurrences, that includes Battery Hill, the area “hosts a series of banded iron formations that collectively constitute one of the largest manganese resources in North America, approximately 194,000,000 tons.
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