Nickel Sulfate Powder
Nickel sulfate powder is a critical ingredient in the cathode formulation for lithium-ion batteries. Nickel, in the form of nickel sulfate, is one of the most important cathode components not only chemically but for ensuring the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
Developments in the battery sector are fundamentally reshaping the nickel supply chain. Nickel has several mature applications in nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) and nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries but consumption in batteries has thus far not exceeded 4% of total consumption. Demand for nickel in lithium-ion batteries will soon make batteries the second-largest end-use application for nickel.
The major worldwide push to promote electric vehicles as a way of cutting emissions from fossil-fuelled vehicles has already resulted in increased primary nickel consumption in lithium-ion.
Nickel Sulfate is a moderately water and acid soluble Nickel source for uses compatible with sulfates. Sulfate compounds are salts or esters of sulfuric acid formed by replacing one or both of the hydrogens with a metal. Most metal sulfate compounds are readily soluble in water for uses such as water treatment, unlike fluorides and oxides which tend to be insoluble. Organometallic forms are soluble in organic solutions and sometimes in both aqueous and organic solutions. Metallic ions can also be dispersed utilizing suspended or coated nanoparticles and deposited utilizing sputtering targets and evaporation materials for uses such as solar cells and fuel cells. Nickel Sulfate is generally immediately available in most volumes. High purity, submicron and nanopowder forms may be considered.