BlackEarth Minerals NL (ASX: BEM) (“BlackEarth”, or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the receipt of testwork results from BTR New Energy Materials (“BTR”), who undertook their own testwork program for evaluating BEM graphite concentrate from the Maniry project in Southern Madagascar with regard to graphite anode suitability.
World’s largest LiB anode manufacturer, BTR New Energy agrees to next stage battery anode evaluation test work program
BTR states that the BEM sample provided qualifies as raw material for the production of spherical graphite.
Quality results achieved from product sample derived from the Stage 1 pilot program completed at BGRIMM’s processing test facilities in Beijing
Results achieved support positive test work results earlier reported from independent German testing and engineering company, Dorfner ANZAPLAN
BTR is the world’s largest manufacturer of battery anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Based in Shenzhen, China, BTR is also a world leader in technology development and production of battery anode materials supplying both the Chinese domestic and export markets.
The material tested was taken from concentrate produced, as part of the recently completed Stage 1 pilot program undertaken at BGRIMM’s piloting facilities in Beijing, China (ASX release: “BEM Completes Pilot Program – Stage 1”, dated 26 February 2020). The sample tested (BEM-195-1) comprised of graphite concentrate, – 150 microns and > 95%C. BTR highlighted the very low impurity content in BEM’s concentrate as a distinct advantage.
Subsequent to the completion of testing, BTR has requested a larger BEM concentrate sample to be sent to BTR’s testing facilities in Shenzhen for confirmatory test work and evaluation as potential future feed to their spheronising and LiB anode manufacturing plants.
BlackEarth Managing Director, Tom Revy,