Advanced Thermal System Processes Battery Materials
A high volume rotary furnace system built by Harper International, Buffalo, N.Y., will be used to dry and calcine advanced iron phosphate powder. Prayon, a global phosphate producer based in Belgium, manufactures the powder — a key component of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cathode materials used in rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles. The reactor system also will be part of Prayon’s recently announced plant investment to supply the lithium ion battery market.
The gas-fired kiln includes tube features to provide enhanced reaction kinetics, a gastight and dustproof design, and internal heat recovery within the furnace chamber to improve energy efficiency.
According to Harper International, LiFePO4 is an ideal solution for many of today’s most progressive technologies for electric power and storage battery systems.