Following technical meetings in late 2019, VSPC – the wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia – has completed Stage 1 cathode-material testing with potential customers in China and Japan.

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Lithium Australia looks towards furthering its partnerships with battery industry
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Lithium Australia’s VSPC and DLG merge to form Soluna
澳大利亚锂公司的VSPC和DLG合并形成Soluna电源

Evaluation of VSPC’s Gen 4 LFP cathode material commenced in March 2019 at DLG’s R&D facility in Shanghai, China. The materials – assessed in a commercial 18650 battery-cell format – were tested under a range of electrochemical and temperature conditions and subjected to long-term cycle testing. It was concluded that VSPC’s LFP material met DLG’s stringent specifications for use in lithium-ion battery (LIB) cells for both power and energy applications

LIT signed a letter of intent (LoI) with leading Chinese battery producer DLG Battery Co, and has incorporated a 50:50 jointly owned business, Soluna Australia Pty Ltd for the exclusive supply and sale of Soluna Battery packs and modules in Australia, and will form a technology alliance that will fast-track the commercialisation of VSPC’s patented cathode powder technology for use in DLG batteries. Meeting DLG’s stringent cathode material specification is an important precursor to DLG agreeing to purchase VSPC LFP battery cathode product for use in its batteries.

VSPC is now establishing a supply chain for delivery in 2021, of LFP to various LIB cell makers in China, including DLG. Target applications include LIB cells for energy storage and large transport vehicles.

Lithium Australia Managing Director, Adrian Griffin, said that 2019 saw a significant shift in the Chinese battery markets, with greater demand for LFP for use in short-range electric vehicle and energy-storage applications.

“The test results from battery producers in China and Japan show clearly that the performance of VSPC cathode powders is comparable to other materials currently supplied for the production of LFP LIBs,” commented Mr Griffin.

“We look forward to furthering our partnerships within the battery industry and, ultimately, supplying products that meet not only VSPC’s stringent quality specifications but those of its international customers.”

VSPC has also received positive feedback from Japanese battery-cell producers, which are evaluating its LFP products at laboratory scale. To date, the electrochemical performance of VSPC’s LFP material has met the Japanese requirements and VSPC is working to refine its product properties for specific applications and prepare for larger scale testing in 2020.

The market for LFP is expected to grow strongly in the next 10 years, due to its particular suitability for energy storage and certain types of transportation; this includes as a replacement for lead-acid batteries in various automotive applications and as back-up for power supplies. Commercial sales of VSPC LFP into the Japanese market are anticipated in 2022.

VSPC and DLG, through the 50:50 venture – Soluna Australia – intend to provide a new and reliable supply source for renewable energy solutions to power users in Australia.

With the Australian renewable energy sector experiencing strong growth, the Australian Council of Learned Academics estimates that 16GWh of energy storage will be required by 2030 to ensure security of electricity supply for the medium forecast rate of uptake of renewable energy. That will necessitate investment of more than AU$5 billion in energy storage solutions in the next 10 years, with LIBs forming a significant proportion of that.

Under the Lithium Australia/DLG agreement, the parties will facilitate technological cooperation between VSPC and DLG for both cathode and battery R&D.

DLG will work with Lithium Australia to further develop VSPC’s cathode powders, initially with a focus on lithium-ferro-phosphate (LFP) LIBs, LFP being the ideal battery chemistry for Australian energy-storage applications.

“Formalisation of Lithium Australia’s joint venture with DLG, which resulted in the creation of Soluna Australia, paves the way for the introduction of superior energy-storage products into the Australian market, reducing the carbon footprint of national energy consumption for both residential and industrial consumers,” explained Mr Griffin.

“We foresee great potential for energy storage in fringe-of-grid and off-grid applications, as well as improvements in the utilisation of power from existing grids.”


澳大利亚锂能源公司在创新方面遥遥领先

在2019年底的技术会议之后,澳大利亚锂的全资子公司VSPC已经完成了与中国和日本的潜在客户的一期阴极材料的测试。

2019年3月,VSPC的第四代锂-磷酸铁(Gen 4 LFP)的阴极材料在中国上海的DLG研发中心开始评估。这些材料以商用18650电池形式进行评估,在一系列电化学和温度条件下进行了长期的循环测试。结论是,VSPCLFP材料符合DLG严格的锂离子电池(LIB)的电力和能源的应用规范。

德国利特(LIT)与中国领先电池生产商DLG电池有限公司签署了意向书,并成立了一个5050的合资企业,澳大利亚索鲁那有限公司(Soluna Australia Pty Ltd)在澳大利亚独家供应和销售Soluna电池组和模块,并将成立一个技术联盟,快速推进VSPC用于DLG电池的阴极粉末专利技术的商业化。满足DLG严格的阴极材料规格是DLG同意购买用于电池的VSPC锂-磷酸铁阴极产品的重要前提。

VSPC目前正在建设一条预计在2021年竣工的供应链,用于给包括DLG在内的中国多家锂电子电池制造商交付LEP. 目标应用包括用于能源存储和大型运输车辆的锂电子电池。澳大利亚锂公司董事总经理阿德里安·格里芬(Adrian Griffin)表示,2019年中国电池市场发生了重大的变化,对用于短程电动汽车和储能应用的LFP的需求不断增加。

Griffin先生评论称,“来自中国和日本的电池生产商的测试结果清楚地表明,VSPC阴极粉末的性能可与目前用于生产LEP的锂电子电池的其他材料相媲美。

他还说:“我们期待在电池行业内进一步发展我们的合作关系,并且并最终提供的产品不仅满足VSPC严格的质量规范,也可以满足其他国际客户的要求。”

VSPC还得到了日本电池制造商的积极反馈,并且在实验室对其LEP产品进行了评估。到目前为止, VSPCLFP材料的电化学性能已经达到了日本的要求,VSPC公司正致力于改进其产品的特性以适应特定的应用,并准备在2020年进行更大规模的测试。

由于LFP特别适合于能源储存和某些类型的运输,预计在未来10年LEP市场将以迅雷之势不断增长;这包括了在各种汽车应用中作为铅酸电池的替代品和电源的备用。VSPC的LEP更是有望在2022年进入日本市场。

VSPC和DLG两大公司通过50:50的合资企业——澳大利亚索鲁那公司,打算为澳大利亚的电力用户提供一个新的可靠的可再生能源解决方案。这将需要在未来10年内的能源储存解决方案上投资超过50亿澳元,其中有相当大一部分是锂电子电池。

根据澳大利亚锂电子公司和中国DLG公司的协议,双方将促进VSPC和DLG在阴极和电池研发方面的技术合作。

DLG公司将与澳大利亚锂公司合作,进一步开发VSPC的阴极粉末。最初会将重点放在LEP锂电池上,LFP是澳大利亚储能应用的理想电池化学材料。

Griffin解释称:“澳大利亚锂公司与DLG合资企业的正式成立催生了Soluna Australia企业,这为澳大利亚市场能过引进优质储能产品铺平了道路,并减少了居民和工业消费者的国家能源消费的碳足迹。

“我们预计,在电网边缘和离网应用中存在巨大的储能潜力会使现有电网的电力利用得到改善。”