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The Next Chips to Transform EVs Could Be Made From Wood

Rhiannon Hoyle of The Wall Street Journal reports on a technology that could transform how EVs are made.

The C3 Take
  • Graphite, which is primarily produced in China, is a central component to electrification and comprises half the weight of an EV battery.
  • A new Australian startup is looking to make graphite with wood chips.
  • CarbonScape’s process heats chips using a process known as pyrolysis to create biochar, which is milled and converted to a raw form of graphite.
  • This innovative solution could lower the environmental impact of EV batteries while reducing reliance on China.

“The cost of producing synthetic graphite from wood using CarbonScape’s technology is competitive with making it from fossil fuels, said Williams, without providing detailed figures. Temperatures required to create graphite from wood chips are lower, and the process takes hours rather than weeks, he said.”

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