In August 2017, Great Lakes Graphite announced that the Company would be establishing a Battery Materials Lab in collaboration with Chasm Advanced Materials Inc. The Lab, when established, will provide the Company with advanced capabilities for performing quality control and product development activities.
Sophisticated equipment available for use in the Lab will be used critical analyses that are required for battery materials, including: particle size distribution analysis, particle shape analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), visual analysis, tap density and porosity analysis (BET). Building a comprehensive and robust set of analytical capabilities will address ongoing quality control requirements and is expected to help compress product development timelines.
Application for certification of the Battery Materials Lab by the State of Massachusetts will be initiated immediately following establishment of the lab. Certification of the facilities will insure that the Lab is subject to independent regulatory oversight and will also position the Lab to provide fee-based services to external organizations. It is anticipated that burgeoning growth in battery and energy storage applications will drive significant demand for the materials analysis, consulting and product development services that will be provided through the Lab.