Lithium-ion batteries, which are found in everything from laptops to cell phones, to cameras, rely on graphite anodes. These smaller, lighter and powerful batteries provide full to near-full power until they are discharged and contain a low discharge rate when not in use, making them a valued battery on the consumer market.
As the market for electric vehicles in Canada and the rest of the world grows, the need for graphite anode material also continues to rise. The average hybrid-electric vehicle uses up to 10 kilograms of graphite, while full electric models use an average of 70 kilograms of graphite per vehicle.
Only graphite containing 99.95% purity can be used to produce such anode materials, further driving the demand for quality graphite impending.