Johnson Matthey is a chemical company currently working with Envision Virgin Racing, one of the ABB FIA Formula E teams. It is involved on batteries to increase energy density, which is why it is going to test a new technology in the team’s single-seater in order to transfer it to the street.
It is an eLNO ( Lithium-nickel-oxide) cathode battery technology which can produce, according to the company, up to 20% more optimal performance on electric vehicles, with Envision Racing being the perfect place to test this solution that must be subjected to the highest demands possible.
In Formula E, batteries suffer high stress. There, Johnson Matthey will work to improve the cathode chemistry. In fact, enhancing this aspect on batteries happens to be the goal of many companies for the future of sustainable mobility. However, they are already claiming to have achieved a technology that raises expectations with this eLNO cathode.
From the company, it has been described as a Nickel-rich oxide structure that raises the energy density by 20% while being structured in layers, comparing these results with current cathode formulas (NMC 622: 60% nickel, 20% manganese and 20% cobalt). For this, they have used a patented stabilizer, added a surface that prevents instability and guarantees a good life cycle.
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“Our eLNO technology will provide a step change in battery energy density for EVs coming out in just a few years. It therefore supports the industry’s commitment to fight climate change. We are proud to have worked with Envision Virgin Racing to introduce eLNO in the exciting race car. It represents an important step towards high-volume production of the technology in Europe over the coming years,” says Christian Gϋnther, Head of Johnson Matthey’s Battery Materials Sector.
About Johnson Matthey
As a global leader of sustainable technologies, Johnson Matthey applies cutting-edge science to create solutions with customers that make a real difference in the world around them. JM’s vision is for a cleaner, healthier world, today and for future generations. That’s why they are dedicated to helping address the four essential transitions the world needs for a sustainable future: reducing emissions, transforming energy systems, producing decarbonizing chemicals and creating a circular economy.
Written by | Ronald Ortega