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Metso launches pCAM plant for precursor cathode active material production

Metso is launching the Metso pCAM plant, an intelligent solution for the manufacturing of precursor cathode active material, which is needed in the production of lithium-ion batteries.

A Metso pCAM plant.
A Metso pCAM plant.

Centered around an energy-efficient pCAM reactor, PSI 1000 particle size analyzer and pCAM process control, Metso’s pCAM plant ensures an energy-efficient and sustainable production process.

“The growing use of high-performance lithium-ion batteries with enhanced energy density, fast charging capabilities and improved safety features is driving the demand for high-quality and sustainable precursor materials,” said Mikko Rantaharju, Vice President, Hydrometallurgy at Metso.

For active cathode precursor manufacturing, Metso’s offering ranges from optimized raw materials selection to design and delivery of the pCAM plant and related services. The production process consists of metal sulfate feed preparation, co-precipitation of mixed metal hydroxide, and filtration. The innovative design of the OKTOP reactor used in the process enables high throughput with a smaller footprint for batch, semi-batch and continuous operation with one reactor set-up, and improved yield thanks to advanced process control and on-line analyzers.

To support customers in optimized raw material selection and process design, Metso uses its own in-house pCAM process development, testing and pilot facilities. The Metso pCAM plants are Planet Positive-certified, ensuring low energy and water consumption.

“Based on Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA), we found that the Metso pCAM process features remarkable sustainability benefits – it reduced water consumption by ~52% and CO2 emissions by ~31%. Also, power usage decreased by ~27%”, noted Rantaharju.