Birla Carbon to create lithium-ion battery-grade graphite

Birla Carbon, a carbon black solution manufacturer, has commenced a collaborative project to develop biocrude-derived graphite for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. To develop and scale up the production of biocrude-derived graphite, the company has collaborated with NC State University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ensyn, the Battery Innovation Center (BIC), and Yale University.

Graphite is one of the materials used to store lithium in a Li-ion battery. Producing battery-grade graphite from biocrude is an environmentally friendly way to produce such valuable materials. The growing demand for electric vehicles is primarily driving the Li-ion battery market, and portable electronic devices, power tools, residential energy storage, and grid-level storage applications are all becoming more reliant on this technology.

Birla Carbon will be performing graphitisation using existing equipment at its facility, where it processes carbon products on a regular basis. The project aims to produce graphite in a more sustainable manner by utilising renewable feedstocks. The project is in line with Birla Carbon’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.