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    Accelerating Launch of New Battery Technologies by Expediting Samples Through Collaborative Partnerships

    Polaris is a processing lab that accelerates new lithium ion battery developments resulting in faster delivery of samples. It provides processing services to accelerate the optimization of recipes for battery developers. Using its services, customers can avoid delays in launching products due to internal funding and staffing constraints.

    Services include anode and cathode electrode mix and coat trials, pouch stack cell assemblies, cell and material analytical testing services, business advisory services, and a link to high volume production.

    Two major roadblocks facing battery technology companies are addressed: 1) Startups lack staffing, process knowledge, funding, and equipment to develop samples, and 2) Commercialization of new battery technologies is capital intensive and takes long time to pass quality standards

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Significant new material inventions in lithium ion and other advanced battery chemistries in the US
    • Two primary issues or “gaps” in getting these technologies to the market
    – generating samples for investors, customers and internal engineering evaluation and optimization
    – building a battery factory and gaining product and quality system approval (a huge undertaking)
    • Polaris Battery Labs Capability Overview for samples and commercialization
    • Partner Profile; Carestream Heath as a contract coating partner to reduce time-to-market and risks

    Presenter
    Doug Morris – CEO – Polaris Battery Labs, LLC

    Doug has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications, components, battery, and energy storage industries. Prior to working at Polaris Labs he was VP of Operations at Enevate. Doug has also held various executive, management, and engineering positions over his 21 year career with Motorola where he was VP and Director of Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain Management for the Energy Systems Group. Doug was also a founder of Motorola’s Product Testing Services business.

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    Advancing Mining Processes to Make Better Materials for Use in Lithium Ion Batteries

    American Manganese Inc has developed a low-cost, environmentally friendly hydrometallurgical process to recover manganese (Mn) from lower grade resources. American Manganese has applied for a patent for their hydrometallurgical process that produces electrolytic manganese metal with low energy and water consumption. American Manganese commissioned R&D contractor, Kemetco Research Inc to determine uses of Artillery Peak manganese resource material to generate high value alternative products. Chemical manganese dioxide (CMD) and lithiated manganese oxide (LixMn2O4) for use in rechargeable batteries were the areas researched.

    The research was successful in producing CMD from Artillery Peak resource material with low cation impurities and avoiding processing steps that are known to introduce metallic impurities in the final product. Cation impurities cause capacity fade, whereas metallic impurities are known to cause catastrophic failures (such as fire and explosions) in lithium ion batteries. Working rechargeable lithium ion coin cell battery prototypes were produced from the CMD material.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Catastrophic failure of Li Ion batteries caused by metallic impurities that may be introduced from the mining of raw materials
    • Conventional mining process to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4
    • Research on a new mining process that avoids steps known to introduce metallic impurities to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4

    Presenter
    Norman Chow – President – Kemetco Research, Inc.

    Norman earned a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Metals and Materials Engineering from University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in British Columbia. He has over 15 years of technology development and contract research experience. He is the President of Kemetco Research Inc., which he formed after acquiring the Industrial Process Division of BC Research Inc. BC Research had been in operation for over 60 years as an R&D contractor.

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