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Altech Advanced Materials AG: BATTERY MATERIALS COATING PLANT PROJECT RECEIVES GREEN STATUS


Heidelberg (pta019/20.12.2021/13:00) - Highlights:

  • Planned coating plant for battery materials in Schwarze Pumpe awarded "Medium Green" rating from Centre of International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO)
  • Assessment encompassed both project and governance aspects
  • Environmentally sustainable design features acknowledged
  • Lower CO2 emissions of up to ~52% possible

Altech Advanced Materials AG (AAM / the Company) (FRA: AMA1), announces that the planned battery materials coating plant of Altech Industries Germany GmbH (AIG) in Saxony, Germany, has been classified as "Medium Green" by the independent Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) as part of the feasibility study (PFS). AIG is a subsidiary of Altech Chemicals Limited (75 %) and Altech Advanced Materials AG (25 %).

As announced on 18 November 2021, CICERO was engaged by AIG to conduct an independent evaluation of the company’s proposed battery materials coating plant that would be located at the Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Park, Saxony, Germany. The plant is being designed with a specific focus on minimizing environmental impact and in accordance with prevailing German, European and International environmental standards.

CICERO’s review has now been completed and a rating of "Medium Green" has been awarded to the project. This positive project evaluation, formally termed a "Green Bond Second Opinion", confirms that the project, which is currently the subject of a PFS, would be suitable for future green bond financing.

In determining the overall project framework rating of "Medium Green", CICERO assessed the proposed governance procedures and transparency as "Good" and confirmed that the project aligns with all green bond principles. In assessing the proposed plant design and coating process, CICERO noted "The plant has near zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions as the plant’s processes, including steam generation, are fully electrified, and it will use renewable electricity sourced from on-site solar panels and renewable energy certificates". Although CICERO acknowledges the project is still in the development phase, in assessing governance and transparency considerations, it has encouraged AIG "to implement and enforce a robust supply chain sustainability policy, as well as to engage with its suppliers to address their sustainability impacts", given that >90% of the plant carbon footprint is attributable to plant feedstock such as graphite and silicon.

A CO2 footprint assessment of the proposed 10,000tpa plant determined that, when compared to the incumbent lithium-ion battery technology that uses a graphite only anode, coated silicon anode material could result in a CO2 emissions reduction of ~19% where 5% coated silicon is used in a battery anode, and a reduction of up to ~ 52% if 20% coated silicon was used (refer Table 1).

Table 1: Estimated reduction in CO2 footprint from use of coated silicon in Lithium-ion battery anode

Silicon Content %Reduction in CO2 footprint in LIB (equivalent power)
5%18.7%
10%34.9%
15%44.9%
20%51.8%

Commenting on the CICERO assessment, Altech managing director Iggy Tan stated "CICERO’s independent assessment of AIG’s proposed battery materials coating plant, and its suitability for possible future green bond financing, is an important inclusion for the current preliminary feasibility study – and it certainly adds credibility to this proposed project. The PFS continues to progress, and Altech expects that the results will be available to it during the first quarter of 2022."

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About Altech Advanced Materials AG

Heidelberg-based Altech Advanced Materials AG (ISIN: DE000A2LQUJ6) ("AAM") is an investment company listed in Frankfurt. The company's objective is to participate in the market for lithium-ion batteries and thus in the rapidly growing sector of electromobility as well as in the expected market development for the other applications of high-purity alumina. To this end, Altech Advanced Material AG has acquired a 25% stake in Altech Industries Germany, Dresden, ("AIG"), where a factory for the production of coating material for anode batteries is to be built together with the partner Altech Chemicals Limited, Australia ("ATC"). A feasibility study is currently underway. AIG holds the exclusive rights to use the coating technology for anode materials and the rights to the high purity alumina ("HPA") production technology within the European Union from Altech Australia Pty Ltd, Australia. In addition, AAM holds an option to acquire up to a 49% interest in Altech Australia Pty Ltd, Australia ("Altech") for up to $100 million. Currently, Altech is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATC. Altech owns the IP rights to the HPA technology as well as being the wholly owned parent company of Altech Chemicals Sn Bd, Malaysia, through which a 4,500 tonne HPA plant is to be built in Johor, Malaysia, and Altech Meckering Pty Ltd, Australia, the company that holds the rights to the kaolin mine from which the raw material for HPA production is sourced.

For more information, visit: www.altechadvancedmaterials.com

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contact person: Hansjörg Plaggemars
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e-mail: info@altechadvancedmaterials.com
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