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USA: Potential boost to electric vehicle market will super recharged batteries

Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LMD) batteries have 4% lithium, 61% manganese and 35% oxygen by atomic weight. Their high power output, low production cost, enhanced safety and thermal stability in comparison to other lithium ion batteries have made LMD batteries very attractive in the electric vehicle market. LMD batteries are already being used by the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

In 2011, researchers at the University of Illinois used lithiated manganese to create an advanced prototype battery that can be recharged in just two minutes. This is an outstanding achievement given that recharging time is one of the major obstacles in the electric vehicle market.

Early last year, American Manganese Inc. expanded its research scope with British Columbia based Kemetco Research Inc. by including more high value products such as LMD, electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) and electrolytic manganese metal (EMM). Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of the company, said, “The company is positioned to take a leading role in providing products to the emerging rechargeable battery market. The manganese extraction process is well suited to produce any or all of the high value added manganese products including LMD.”

In a recent status report, Kemetco is reported to have successfully completed its pilot plant testing and is soon expected to begin production of EMD which will be used to produce lithiated manganese powder for the battery industry.
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