International partners back LFP Project America plan

International partners back LFP Project America plan

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February 15, 2024: An agreement to produce LFP cathode active material and battery cells in North America has been signed by Canada’s First Phosphate, the American Battery Factory (ABF) of Utah and Integrals Power of the UK.

The firms said on January 24 that the LFP Project America agreement is to support ABF’s eventual production plan of up to 40,000 tonnes annually by 2028.

Under the agreement, the partners will launch a pilot production facility as a first step to creating a domestic production supply chain serving the BESS sector in North America.

First Phosphate said it has access to clean igneous anorthosite phosphate-bearing rock in Quebec that it intends to purify into a large quantity of battery-grade purified phosphoric acid to support LFP Project America.

ABF is building its first LFP battery manufacturing plant in Tuscon and plans several other LFP battery manufacturing facilities across North America, each of which should require a similar amount of LFP cathode active material.

The company broke ground on the 2 million ft2 Tuscon site in October 2023. The first phase of construction is to be completed by 2025.