Renault Group has signed an agreement to secure nickel sulphate from Finland-based battery chemicals specialist Terrafame, representing up to 15GWh of annual capacity.
The cooperation will start by focussing on sustainability systems and defining detailed metrics for traceability beyond solutions currently used for EV battery chemicals production.
Terrafame’s bioleaching-based production process – extraction of metals from their ores through the use of living organisms – uses about 90% less energy in the production of nickel sulphate than the industry average.
In addition, Terrafame’s integrated production process begins and ends on one industrial site from a mine to battery chemicals production.
Renault Group also recently partnered with Vulcan to secure low-carbon lithium and formed an alliance with Veolia & Solvay to recycle battery materials in a closed loop.
Gianluca De Ficchy, Alliance EVP, Purchasing and managing director of Alliance Purchasing Organisation at Renault Group, said, “Partnership with Terrafame is an important component in realising our commitment to reach 30% emissions reduction for our supply chain by 2030.
“Low carbon footprint and traceability of battery chemicals are crucial factors to us, and Terrafame has a clear edge on sustainability through its unique production method. The carbon footprint of nickel sulphate produced by Terrafame is more than 60% smaller than industry average.”
Joni Lukkaroinen, CEO of Terrafame, added, “We are very proud to be able to strengthen sustainable European battery value chain together with Renault Group through this partnership, and highly impressed by the level of ambition that Renault has in relation to clean and sustainable transport.
“For Terrafame this sets proper guidelines for the coming decade and could well mean a commitment of supplying nickel sulphate for up to 300,000 EVs annually. We are looking forward to many years of fruitful cooperation in helping to decarbonise mobility and transport.”