This week Chinese battery producer SVOLT unveiled a new cobalt-free lithium ion battery. The Great Wall Motors spin-out has received plenty of attention for its nickel manganese oxide (NMx) cathode, which the company promises to be energy dense, long-lasting and stable at high temperatures — all cobalt-free. However, there are a number of technical challenges that the Tier 2 battery manufacturer will face on the path to commercialisation.
With so much interest surrounding SVOLT’s announcement, what does it actually mean for cobalt and cathode technology?
Cobalt under the microscope
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