UltraCharge seeks graphene-enabled lithium enhancements following deal with Dotz Nano
UltraCharge Ltd. (ASX:UTR), an Australian battery-technology company based in Israel, has signed a cornerstone Joint Collaboration Agreement with Dotz Nano (ASX:DTZ), in order to integrate the use of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) in its anode technology for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries.
The agreement will see the two ASX-listed companies enter into a 3-month pilot cooperation program to develop longer-lasting, faster-charging and more dependable technology utilising GQD’s.
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The pair are expected to find synergies in several business areas with Dotz Nano now becoming involved in the LIB anode market, with UltraCharge obtaining exposure to the LIB cathode market. It is expected that Dotz Nano will supply its optimised GQD’s products to UltraCharge, thereby cultivating UltraCharge’s anode product offering.
UltraCharge and Dotz Nano intend to develop the next generation of nanoparticles producing inexpensive, non-toxic graphene quantum dots and at up to ten times the production yield compared to conventional alternatives.
Graphene quantum dots are semiconductor nanoparticles or nanocrystals, usually in the range of 2-10 nanometers (10-50 atoms) in size. Their small size and high surface-to-volume ratio affects their optical and electronic properties and makes them superior in application compared to larger particles made of the same materials. Crucially for UltrCharge, GDQ’s enable superior benefits to finished products and applications UltraCharge will be manufacturing in future i.e. lithium batteries.
The lithium-ion battery market is a new but rapidly growing market with a variety of applications such as consumer electronics, electric vehicles (EVs) and industrial manufacturing with analysts valuing the market at over US$32.5 billion annually.
Furthermore, UltraCharge has also agreed to place an initial order of a minimum of US$150,000 worth of GQDs for use in LIB anodes, should the pilot program meet technical expectations. The initial order will be subject to UltraCharge receiving purchase orders of at least $1 million dollars for their GQD-enriched anodes.
At the current time, UltraCharge is developing a new anode to be implemented in its forthcoming range of lithium-ion batteries. Its aim is to replace the use of graphite as the anode, by opting for a more sophisticated nanotube gel alternative, made from titanium dioxide.
If UltraCharge and Nano Dotz can successfully collaborate to develop a more sophisticated methodology for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries based on titanium dioxide, it could precipitate significant changes within the Resources industry in terms of graphite exploration, as well as, augment current estimates of required graphite supplies as energy-storage takes up greater industry prominence.
Titanium dioxide could be a superb substitute for graphite in lithium-ion batteries because of its abundant, cheap and safe profile, having already been heavily utilised in food additives and sunscreen lotions.
According to its initial testing, Dotz Nano’s GQDs can improve UltraCharge’s anode capabilities and provide technical enhancements such as rapid charging, extended longevity, better safety, cost efficiency and a hugely reduced environmental footprint of poorly-recycled batteries.
Commenting on the deal, Dotz Nano’s CEO Dr. Moti Gross, said, “Dotz Nano GQDs have added value for a variety of applications and with this Agreement we are continuing to expand our reach into the energy storage market. It’s good to work with another ASX listed company[UltracCarge], with whom we have good cooperation and who are also innovators in their field. Not only do we have a collaboration agreement, but with the successful completion of the Pilot program, an initial order for US$150,000 worth of GQDs for use in the manufacture of GQD enhanced anodes, subject to receiving purchase orders from UltraCharge’s customers.”