Nexeon Ltd. has just completed the construction and commissioning of a £5 million state-of-the art process development and manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Oxfordshire. The plant is capable of producing over 20 tons of product a year, and has been built to be highly versatile and able to handle a wide range of materials and reagents. Nexeon is a battery materials and licensing company developing silicon anodes for the next-generation of lithium-ion battery. Nexeon’s silicon anodes enable significantly greater Li-ion battery capacity to be achieved, providing lighter batteries with more power and longer lifetime between charges.
In addition to the manufacturing capability, the new facility includes integrated laboratories for Process Development and Material Characterization. The plant is certified to ISO9001 and ISO14001, and includes a Quality Assurance lab to ensure consistent quality of customer materials. End use applications planned include hybrid and electric vehicles and consumer electronic devices.
In keeping with the plant's process development role, a fully flexible modular process design has been deployed throughout, and both conventional and novel reactor designs have been implemented. The project, which started in late 2012, has involved sourcing equipment from major suppliers in Germany, Switzerland, France and the UK.
"This first class facility puts us in a very strong position to produce new materials for Li-ion cells, and to optimize the production processes that will be necessary for their commercial adoption", said David Bent, Production Director at Nexeon. "We now have the key engineering resources we need on-board, and eagerly look forward to sampling customers with products made in our new facility."