Ionic MT prepares to produce silicon powder
Ionic Mineral Technologies (Ionic MT) is a startup founded in 2020 that wants to market a silicon powder developed in-house for the anodes of electric car batteries under the name Ionisil. The company has now installed a production facility, a technical center and its headquarters in Provo, Utah. The plant will initially supply 2,000 tons of Ionisil per year from the second half of 2024 – enough for around 300,000 electric vehicles. An expansion of the plant to 5,000 tons is already planned.
Ionic MT advertises its product as a high-purity nano-silicon powder that is said to increase anode capacity eightfold and significantly accelerate charging speed. “With a partial substitution of graphite by only 15 %, it increases the anode capacity by an impressive 100 %. In addition, Ionisil offers seamless compatibility with existing production lines for lithium-ion battery cells (…)”, the US company announced.
According to the company, it uses a patented production process that, in conjunction with chemical recycling techniques, is able to transform waste into value-adding by-products. This results in a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional EV battery materials, according to an accompanying press release.
“At Ionic MT, we’re not just filling in a critical material supply gap; our Ionisil product technology is a material innovation that provides US EV manufacturers with a substantial competitive edge in addressing the requirements of high-performance, rapid-charging EVs at a more cost-effective rate,” emphasized Andre Zeitoun, CEO and founder of Ionic MT.
In the medium term, the company plans to build a completely new factory with an additional capacity of 20,000 tons per year together with “a leading global industry partner”. Details of this are to follow shortly.