Toronto-listed Manganese X Energy Corp says initial 99.95% manganese sulphate monohydrate produced from a 1.2-tonne bulk sample from its Battery Hill project in New Brunswick, Canada, is ready for distribution to electric vehicle manufacturers and EV cell makers.
Manganese X said the samples were generated during processing flowsheet optimisation work led by metallurgical research agency, Kemetco Research.
CEO Martin Kepman said the “huge milestone” moved Manganese X towards its aim of becoming the first publicly-traded mining company in Canada and the US to commercialise high-purity EV-compliant manganese.
“Manganese plays a pivotal role in the creation of robust, long-lasting, and high-density EV batteries. Notably, there is currently no manganese production within Canada and the US, creating a significant disadvantage for domestic EV manufacturers,” he said.
“It’s imperative we close this North America domestic gap.
“Manganese X’s patent-pending purification technology is gaining remarkable traction within the EV industry.
“Our unique purification process yields high-purity manganese that is non-toxic, eliminating selenium, a hazardous pollutant used by some existing high purity manganese producers.”
Manganese X is currently preparing a pre-feasibility study on Battery Hill.
The company has a current market value around C$15 million.