Graphite is the dominant anode material used in lithium-ion batteries.
In fact, almost 30% of a lithium-ion battery is made of this material. However, as demand increases, material availability becomes actual. What if European EV and battery manufacturers could say their anode was made out of a tree?
The Challenge: Demand for anode components for electric vehicle batteries is expected to exceed supply
As major economies move away from fossil fuels and adopt electric mobility policies, the electric vehicle market is booming. This means that the demand for batteries and battery materials will increase significantly in the coming years. Today, graphite is the dominant anode material used in lithium-ion batteries. According to that
In the future, the availability of materials could drop drastically as political interventions over climate change concerns further fuel the electrification trend, he says
Accounting for 4% of EU GDP, the automotive sector is important to the EU economy. However, the big electric vehicle market is in these days
Lignode is a material that replaces synthetic graphite with lignin, a by-product of cellulosic fiber production and one of the largest renewable sources of carbon. Lignin-based carbon can be used in batteries typically used in consumer electronics and the automotive industry, as well as in large energy storage systems. Lignin hard carbon is qualitatively comparable to other non-graphitic carbon anode materials.
For the automotive industry, investing in this fossil-free and renewable alternative could represent a significant marketing advantage and a viable response to emerging environmental policies driven by climate change and the need for green energy.
The advantages: faster charging rates, European supply chain, sustainable, fossil-free origin
With the increasing spread of electric vehicles, the need for charging infrastructure is increasing. A clear advantage is that the structure of Lignode allows the battery to be charged and discharged faster than with graphite carbon.
Faster charging rates reduce the need for charging infrastructure and enable solutions for smaller batteries per car. Currently, a lignin-based anode is the cheapest way to increase charge rates, Kivi explains.
After all, the raw material is extremely sustainable, helps to achieve environmental goals set by politics and offers a significant marketing advantage. New trees grow back and the material comes from a certified responsible forest management supplier:
We use FSC and PEFC certified lignin to produce Lignode. We can proudly say that we use one of the few raw materials in the battery industry that has a certificate of origin, emphasizes Kivi.
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