Johnson Matthey to build battery demo plant in UK
Johnson Matthey is set to invest millions of pounds into a demonstration plant in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The new facility with a capacity of 1,000 ton a year will serve to make samples of their new battery material eLNO (enhanced lithium nickel oxide).
The facility in the town of Clitheroe builds on an existing site of Johnson Matthey. The British firm that had been acquired by Cummins earlier this year has developed an advanced battery material and is looking to commercialise the nickel-based solution.
The demonstration plant will have a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per annum and will be used “to provide sample quantities of our market leading eLNOTM battery material to our global customers,” JM says.
Moreover, their existing facility on the Clitheroe site has experience in the scale up and manufacture of nickel-containing products.
Work is also underway on the construction of JM’s first full scale commercial manufacturing plant for eLNO. This will be located in mainland Europe and is due to start production in 2021/22.