Battery Anode Material from Baie-Comeau

Battery Anode Material

Our mine-to-market-to-battery strategy comes together in Baie-Comeau, with the planned construction of a 200,000 tpy Battery Anode Material (BAM) facility, fed by graphite from Northern’s mines and other suppliers.

BAM is the largest component of a lithium-ion battery and is manufactured from graphite mine concentrate that has been milled, shaped, coated, purified, classified, and tailored to the precise specifications of battery makers for electric vehicles. By 2030, more than 400 battery gigafactories will be in operation globally according to Benchmark Minerals Intelligence. An average gigafactory of 50GW requires 50,000 tonnes of BAM processed from some 75,000 tonnes of graphite concentrate.

The Baie-Comeau plant location is ideally situated to serve as a gateway to battery belts in North America and Europe, with sea, road and rail access. It is located on a year-round, deep-water port on the St. Lawrence River. The plant will be built under the guidance of our expert Battery Materials Group and will be one of the world’s largest BAM plants outside of China. The Baie-Comeau facility will be built in 50,000 tpy modules that can be tailored to the needs of individual customers. Phase I production is forecast for 2027. The plant will expand to full capacity in sync with rising demand from EV battery makers, thereby de-risking development at every stage.

Quality Location

  • Located on a deep-water, all-season port and with access to rail & road networks​
  • Proximity to North American battery belt
  • Access to cheap, green, hydroelectric power​

Proven Value

  • Graphite supplied from our​ own mines and from other producers​​​
  • Proven BAM technology from ​ global partners​

Building Downstream Value

Concentrate Price/Mt
C$500 – C$2,500​

BAM Unit Sales
Price C$10,000/Mt

Path Forward

  • First Production targeted for 2027 ​​
  • Construction in modules to de-risk investments and tailor to market growth​
  • Phase 1 investment:  Approximately $500 million

Bringing the BAM – Supply North American Gigafactories

By 2030, more than 400 gigafactories will be in operation globally, representing almost nine terawatt hours of annual production capacity, according to Benchmark Minerals Intelligence. An average gigafactory of 50GW requires 50,000 tonnes of Battery Anode Material processed from 75,000 graphite in concentrate.

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Natural Graphite – The Ideal Battery Anode Material (BAM)

Natural graphite possesses inherent characteristics that make it an ideal choice for enhancing the performance and efficiency of various battery types.

  • Secure Supply Chain & Environmental Sustainability:
    Sourced from mines in Canada and Namibia, our natural graphite-based material offers a more sustainable alternative than synthetic graphite, helping to reduce the carbon footprint associated with battery production.
  • Driving for High Capacity:
    The superior crystallinity of natural graphite enables a higher specific capacity than synthetic graphite. This characteristic is crucial for increasing the energy density of batteries, thereby extending their runtime and improving overall performance. A key design factor for automotive batteries.
  • Ensuring Battery Longevity with Stability:
    Natural graphite exhibits excellent stability and durability, contributing to the longevity of battery systems. Its robust structure minimizes the risk of structural degradation and electrode failure, ensuring prolonged cycle life and consistent performance over numerous charge-discharge cycles.

Contact us today to learn more about our BAM and how we can support your battery scale-up.

Our Battery Materials Group is committed to providing high-quality natural graphite products tailored to meet the evolving needs of the energy storage industry.

With our extensive expertise and dedication to innovation, we empower our customers to unlock the full potential of natural graphite as a leading battery anode material.

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