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HPQ-Silicon to evaluate Purevap for Li-ion batteries

2019-10-31 12:10 ET - News Release

Mr. Bernard Tourillon reports


HPQ-Silicon Resources Inc. has entered a collaboration with Lionel Roue of the Institut National de Recherche Scientifique (INRS) within the scope of projects aimed at evaluating the electrochemical performances of different materials produced by the HPQ Purevap quartz reduction reactor (QRR) for lithium-ion batteries.

The Energie Materiaux Telecommunications (energy materials telecommunications) research centre is a centre of excellence in research, innovation, and graduate and postgraduate education in the fields of advanced materials, nanotechnology, photonics, telecommunications and sustainable energy. The EMT centre brings together about 40 professors.

Mr. Roue of the INRS EMT centre has developed a scientific program focused on the study of new electrode materials for various applications of industrial interest (batteries, aluminum production). In recent years, a significant part of its research activities has been devoted to the study of silicon anodes for lithium-ion batteries and the development of in situ characterization methods applied to batteries. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including 20 articles and two patents on silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries. He was awarded the Energia Prize by the Quebec Association for the mastery of energy for his work in this field.

Evaluating worldwide battery market potential of materials produced by Purevap

The first goal of the association is determining the commercial potential of materials produced by the Purevap QRR as anode material for the lithium-ion battery market and ascertaining whether their usage within lithium-ion batteries could lead to a significant increase in energy density, which is crucial for some applications, especially electric vehicles.

In the second phase, the electrochemical performance of Purevap silicon-based porous silicon wafers made using Apollon Solar's patented process will be tested.

"Silicon's potential to meet energy storage demand is generating massive investments. Collaborating with a world-class university centre, HPQ will be able to validate the potential of silicon materials produced from the Purevap QRR as high-capacity anode materials for lithium-ion batteries," commented Bernard Tourillon, president and chief executive officer of HPQ-Silicon Resources. "HPQ, working with PyroGenesis, Apollon and the INRS energy materials telecommunications research centre, fully intends to use its Gen3 Purevap QRR to produce and market silicon materials for batteries."

Global energy storage market ready to explode

A recent report projects that energy storage deployments are estimated to grow 1,300 per cent from a 12-gigawatt-hour market in 2018 to a 158-gigawatt-hour market in 2024. An estimated $71-billion (U.S.) in investments will be made into storage systems, where batteries will make up the lion's share of capital deployment. Research suggests that replacing graphite materials with silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries promises an almost tenfold increase in the specific capacity of the anode, inducing a 20-per-cent-to-40-per-cent gain in the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

About HPQ-Silicon Resources Inc.

HPQ-Silicon is a company developing, in collaboration with industry leader PyroGenesis, the innovative Purevap QRR, a truly 2.0 carbothermic process (patent pending), which will permit the transformation and purification of quartz (silicon dioxide) into metallurgical-grade silicon at prices that will propagate its significant renewable energy potential.

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