Forge Nano is ready to clean up electric vehicle batteries in the manufacturing process. This is a company that offers a cleaner manufacturing process. Also, have proved to improve battery performance and longevity.
The Colorado-based Forge Nano company is the leader in atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology and equipment.
“Many consumers assume that an electric vehicle is inherently ‘green,’ but that is more of a vision at this time. It’s not necessarily the case as EVs still require energy and finite resources such as fossil fuels for manufacturing,” says Dr. James Trevey, CTO of Forge Nano. “This is especially true of EV batteries.”
The EV batteries problems and Forge Nano solutions.
The industry-standard practice has a process called pitch coating, and the graphite producers implement it. It makes the substance robust enough to last in a battery. The coat prevents the graphite from quickly succumbing to unwanted side reactions with the battery’s liquid, causing its death.
The pitch coating was the first cost-effective coating technology developed for graphite. Most graphite producers still use it to this day. Although it has a long list of significant inadequacies.
Forge Nano is aware of these problems and has developed ALD technology and ALD equipment specifically for graphite coating.
The company’s one-step continuous process replaces carbon pitch with a high-purity, low-cost, gas-phase process. It would lead to a 50% to 70% cost reduction with 100% reproducibility.
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Forge’s Nano’s Fortune 500 and junior mining customers across research, pilot, and commercial systems validated. It is essential to mention the environmental footprint these will have, which is 70% smaller than the current process. These last with electrochemical testing in commercial battery cells sized over 40Ah incapacity.
“In addition to the dramatic benefits to the battery manufacturing process, we have documented significant improvements to the energy density, charge times, longevity, and safety of batteries that use our ALD coatings,” Trevey explains. “What’s more is this process has been shown to improve the second life or recyclability of the battery materials. So while the process is cleaner than the industry standard, the batteries that use graphite coated with our technology actually perform better, last longer, are safer, and can more easily be reused in the future.”