Niobium is charging the future
Niobium is transforming materials to enable the development of the next generation of batteries. More than evolution, for us it is a real e-volution.
Technically Niobium Oxides have multiple valence states in their polymorphic structures give rise to unique electronic properties in crystalline orientations which are ideal for energy storage applications. This collaboration advances technology for a greener, more efficient future.
Shaping the Future of Energy Storage
Anodes: Niobium Titanium Oxide (NTO); Echion’s Mixed Niobium Oxide (XNO™); Niobium Tungsten Oxide (NWO); Niobia (Nanostructured Niobium); MNb₃O₈ (M=H, Li, Na, K) layered polyniobate.
Cathodes: Niobium doping/coating for Co-reduced or Co-free, Li-rich and Mn-based cathodes; lithium-rich Niobium based cation-disordered rock-salt structure (Li₃NbO₄)
Solid Electrolyte: Niobium layers on LiLaZrOx composite; Nb-S glass.
In advanced lithium-ion batteries, Niobium can be used for significant benefits.
Niobium is being used as a dopant and as a coating material to develop cobalt-reduced or cobalt-free, lithium-rich and manganese-based new cathodes with higher performance, improved electronic conductivity and longer-term stability.
Furthermore Niobium can be used in the formulation of new anode materials for high power, fast charging, wider operation temperatures, long life and safety.
Currently CBMM has a research and development pilot plant for battery materials of approximately 1000 m² of built-in area with state-of-art process and characterization equipment, and has more than 40 on-going technological projects distributed around the world.
By 2025 our plan is to have 3 more industrial plants of niobium oxide products for battery applications and by 2030 have a total production of over 20 kt.
As a key strategic point, CBMM has also partnered with different companies to accelerate and validate the Niobium Technologies.
With our Chinese partners the application of Niobium as a dopant for LMO and LCO cathodes have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 9 and 8 respectively.
For anodes, with differents compositions, the TRL is around 7. With the possibility of requesting samples for prototypes.
Other applications include supercapacitors with a TLR of 7 and Niobium coated nanocrystals (for NMC; LNMO; LFP) with a TLR of 4.
Niobium products for cathodes are already under commercialization in the Chinese market, and are in an advanced stage of development in the Japanese and South Korean markets as well.
As for the anodes and other battery products, we are working closely with our partners so that these technologies will be available for the initial customers during 2023 and enter the market with mass production by 2024 onwards.
With on-going researches and promising results, Niobium is becoming an essential element to further the development of All Solid-State Batteries and is playing a significant role in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen production technologies
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