Lithium Australia is forming a business partnership with leading Chinese battery producer DLG Battery to launch a new range of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in the Australian market, with a focus on industry-scale energy storage systems (ESS).

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LIT’s VSPC Brisbane facility

The new marketing division, Soluna Australia, will provide technical support, customer service and a range of lithium-iron-phosphate (often referred to as lithium-ferro-phosphate or LFP) battery options for greater safety and superior performance in ESS applications.

Lithium Australia has cemented its partnership with DLG by incorporating a joint marketing division, which will trade as Soluna Australia. Extensive market enquiries have identified strong demand for flexible and tailored LIB and LFP solutions in the ESS sector, which will be the prime focus of Soluna Australia, a company in which Lithium Australia holds 50 per cent equity.

From a new Australian-based facility, Soluna Australia will supply and service a range of energy-storage products – from residential energy-storage through to industrial energy-storage units. Custom products, in particular for applications such as large-scale storage (including microgrids), will be provided to bespoke specifications.

Lithium Australia says that establishing an Australian warehousing and technical facility will provide greater certainty for ESS users currently relying on offshore suppliers.

Most of the product range will be available with nickel-cobalt-manganese (‘NCM’) and LFP options. Lithium Australia, which is a great advocate of LFP for reasons of safety and performance, plans to supply DLG with LFP cathode powders manufactured using Lithium Australia’s the cathode powder production technology of its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC.

Although VSPC technology can be used to generate most LIB cathode powders, VSPC has maintained a strong emphasis on LFP due to its superior attributes, which make it the most appropriate choice for ESS applications.

Lithium Australia, through VSPC, is currently manufacturing LFP cathode powders on a pilot scale, with those powders used by DLG to produce commercial 18650 cells for testing purposes.

Recent concerns arising from electric vehicle (EV) fires have highlighted public concerns about EV safety, based on the use of LIBs containing nickel and cobalt. Although LFP batteries have a lower energy density than competing nickel/cobalt-based LIBs, their superior safety record makes LFP a preferable option for many applications.

“LFP provides the greatest safety, combined with longer service life than competing battery technologies,” said Lithium Australia.

Lithium Australia MD Adrian Griffin sees the partnership with DLG, a leading Chinese battery producer, as an opportunity to establish Lithium Australia’s new division, Soluna Australia, as a leading Australian-based provider of LIBs and technical solutions to the fast-growing ESS market.

“In addition, Lithium Australia is well on the way to meeting the requirements that will enable VSPC to commercialise its cathode materials and provide Australia with access to purpose-built LFP battery storage, the safest and most effective option for energy storage systems,” commented
Mr Griffin.


中国的德朗能动力电池有限公司(DLG)和澳大利亚的澳大利亚锂公司(Lithium Australia)合资推出更高安全级别的锂电池

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澳大利亚锂业与DLG建立合作伙伴关系,推出新系列的锂离子电池

澳大利亚锂公司与中国领先的电池生产商德朗能电池公司建立了业务合作伙伴的关系,他们把目标放在澳大利亚市场,以工业规模的储能系统(ESS)为重点共同推出一系列锂离子电池(LIBs)

新的营销部门,澳大利亚索鲁娜公司(Soluna Australia)将提供技术支持、客户服务和一系列锂-磷酸铁锂(通常被称为锂-磷酸铁锂或LFP)电池选择,以在储能系统应用中获得更大的安全性和卓越的性能。

澳大利亚锂公司通过成立联合营销部门巩固了与德朗能的合作关系,该部门将以澳大利亚索鲁娜公司的名称进行交易。广泛的市场调查发现,储能系统在领域上对锂离子电池和LEP电池的灵活性和适应性的解决方案有着强烈的需求,这也是澳大利亚锂公司投入50%股权的索鲁娜的主要关注点。

索鲁娜公司将在澳大利亚建立一个新工厂,并提供一系列储能产品的供应和服务——从住宅储能到工业储能。定制产品,特别是用于大规模存储(包括微电网)等应用的产品,将按照定制的规范进行提供。

澳大利亚锂公司表示,建立一个澳大利亚的仓储和技术设施将为使用能源储能系统的用户提供更大的确定性,减少对海外供应商的依赖。

大多数产品系列将提供镍钴锰(‘NCM’)LFP电池选项。出于对安全和性能的考虑,澳大利亚锂公司是LFP电池的主要倡导者,该公司计划向德朗能公司提供LFP阴极粉末,这些粉末是由澳大利亚锂公司的全资子公司非常小颗粒有限公司(VSPC)的阴极粉末生产技术制造的。

VSPC公司的生产技术可以生成大量的阴极粉末,阴极粉末的特殊性能使VSPC公司一直非常重视LFP电池的发展,这也使阴极粉末成为储能系统应用最合适的选择。

目前澳大利亚锂公司通过VSPC公司正在在小规模生产LFP阴极粉末,这些粉末被德朗能公司用来生产用于测试目的的商业18650电池。

近来,电动汽车(EV)引发的火灾增加了公众对电动汽车安全的担忧,电动汽车是含有镍和钴的锂电池的使用者。虽然LFP电池的能量密度低于竞争对手镍/钴基锂电池,但其优越的安全信誉使LFP电池成为许多应用的首选。

“LFP提供了最大的安全性,结合了所有竞争电池技术的使用和拥有更长的寿命,澳大利亚锂公司说。

澳大利亚锂金属公司总经理艾德里安 格里芬(Adrian Griffin)认为与中国领先的电池生产商德朗能的合作是一个很好机会去建立澳大利亚锂金属公司的新部门。澳大利亚索鲁娜公司作为澳大利亚领先的锂离子电池和技术解决方案的提供商,可以好的服务于能源储能系统市场的快速增长。

格里芬先生评论说:“此外,澳大利亚锂公司正在努力满足VSPC公司阴极材料对于商业化的要求,并为澳大利亚提供专用的LFP电池存储,这也是能源存储系统中最安全和最有效的选择。

*Article published in the October-December 2019 issue of The Asia Miner