• EcoGraf and Novonix lead battery sector in share price gains after Tesla’s Battery Day event
  • Novonix produces million-mile battery technology for EVs
  • Battery anode materials market set to grow to $140bn by 2030: Novonix

Our High Voltage column wraps all the news driving ASX stocks with exposure to lithium, cobalt, graphite, and vanadium.

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Battery company shares had a good day’s trading Wednesday as the sector was lifted by bullish sentiment from Tesla’s Battery Day event at its factory in Fremont, California.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk highlighted the company’s shift to nickel cathode batteries as a means of lowering its production costs.

The move is key in order for Tesla to produce an affordable EV for the mass-market, Musk said.

Novonix share price soars 32 per cent

Battery materials company Novonix (ASX:NVX) saw its share price zip 32 per cent higher in early Wednesday trade to $2.26 before falling back to $1.77.

Novonix said it had made “significant progress” in its anode material business with founder customer Samsung and with Sanyo Electric, part of Panasonic Group.

Panasonic has produced battery cells at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, but the partnership is in some doubt after Elon Musk announced that Tesla was going into battery production.

The company said its battery cell technology has demonstrated an ability to exceed one million miles, a holy grail in performance terms for the EV industry.

Several automakers including General Motors and Volkswagen are set to open a combined 130 gigawatts of EV battery production in the US by 2023, the company said in a presentation.

Demand for high performance battery anode and cathode materials is set to grow to $US50-$US100bn ($70-$140bn) by 2030 from $US10bn currently, said Novonix.

Novonix announced a board re-shuffle Wednesday, to increase its customer and shareholder focus, appointing Dr Chris Burns as group chief executive.

Burns is co-founder and chief executive of Novonix Battery Testing Services in Canada, and has been chief operations officer for the company’s Puregraphite business in the US.

Commenting on Tesla’s Battery Day, Burns said: “Their [Tesla’s] approach to rethinking battery cell manufacturing exactly aligns with Novonix’s approach to rethinking battery materials manufacturing.”

“The cost of production of cells and materials has been stuck on existing technology and there is opportunity to disrupt these sectors through re-engineered solutions,” he said.

Novonix’s anode materials processing technology delivers lower cost, higher performance graphite to support long cycle life battery applications and uses simpler metal inputs to reduce cathode manufacturing costs, said the company.

Battery metals including nickel in demand for years

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Demand for battery anode and cathode materials is set to grow to $US50-$US100bn ($70-$140bn) by 2030. Source: Novonix

EcoGraf soars after releasing Battery Day presentation

EcoGraf (ASX:EGR), a producer of high purity graphite for the lithium-ion battery market, experienced a 41 per cent jump in its share price Wednesday to peak at 24c.

The company released a presentation based on Tesla’s Battery Day. It operates a processing facility at Kwinana in WA that exports graphite products to Asia, Europe and America.

EcoGraf is developing a pilot plant in Germany to produce graphite batteries for Europe, and sources its graphite from its Epanko project in Tanzania.

The company’s presentation said there is “unprecedented investment in new European battery capacity” supported by the European Union’s commitment of €3.2bn of funding.

Japanese industrial company Mitsubishi is a 12 per cent shareholder in EcoGraf which said it expects 700 per cent growth in demand for graphite by 2025 driven by the EV market.

CODE COMPANY 1 WEEK CHANGE % 1 MONTH CHANGE % 1 YEAR CHANGE % SHARE PRICE [c] MARKET CAP
BAR Barra Resources -4 -11 9 2.4 $ 12,817,553.92
ASN Anson Resources 33 4 -35 2.4 $ 14,885,570.31
PM1 Pure Minerals 28 44 35 2.3 $ 11,942,439.42
EGR Ecograf 0 150 120 20.5 $ 61,877,750.56
JRL Jindalee Resources -9 -14 79 44 $ 16,016,595.00
JRV Jervois Mining 5 2 46 33.5 $ 189,806,700.78
INR Ioneer 10 5 -35 11 $ 168,215,741.40
FGR First Graphene 8 4 -28 13 $ 63,083,278.20
NMT Neometals 14 17 23 20.5 $ 103,616,740.54
PUR Pursuit Minerals -18 -18 40 1.4 $ 6,241,421.11
TMT Technology Metals 14 58 63 28.5 $ 32,595,000.00
VUL Vulcan Energy -1 61 436 88.5 $ 58,438,714.95
VR8 Vanadium Resources 11 3 -43 3 $ 10,479,768.26
TKL Traka Resources -5 -8 102 2 $ 8,753,915.66
MNS Magnis Energy Tech 8 -2 11 20.5 $ 137,877,635.61
WKT Walkabout Resources 0 0 -21 22 $ 73,318,065.45
SYA Sayona Mining 28 28 18 1.15 $ 31,275,105.73
TNG TNG Limited 54 67 37 12.5 $ 134,945,414.88
AXE Archer Materials -9 18 323 55 $ 119,067,056.19
LIT Lithium Australia 2 2 20 5.5 $ 42,782,338.94
ADV Ardiden 12 75 600 2.8 $ 56,165,045.87
MLL Mali Lithium 3 14 98 16 $ 56,621,884.25
CLA Celsius Resources 39 100 88 3.2 $ 24,186,760.51
AVL Australian Vanadium 25 59 35 1.75 $ 43,627,488.14
LTR Liontown Resources 18 44 110 19.5 $ 327,663,858.37
CXO Core Lithium 5 -7 11 4.1 $ 39,773,212.84
TON Triton Minerals -4 -7 36 5.3 $ 58,992,064.92
BKT Black Rock Mining 6 6 -14 5.7 $ 37,422,150.64
MIN Mineral Resources -9 -10 79 2530 $ 4,746,999,100.17
VRC Volt Resources -6 -17 51 1.5 $ 30,308,330.60
TLG Talga Resources 46 32 104 84.5 $ 224,500,720.75
SVD Scandivanadium -3 -32 233 3 $ 13,449,197.31
RNU Renascor Resources -13 -13 -13 1.3 $ 17,351,066.11
RLC Reedy Lagoon -14 9 200 1.2 $ 5,636,805.41
PSC Prospect Resources 10 -11 59 16.5 $ 47,179,526.46
PLL Piedmont Lithium 50 67 52 15 $ 173,298,030.90
MLS Metals Australia -17 0 -17 0.25 $ 9,120,881.94
LPD Lepidico 7 0 -55 0.8 $ 41,485,880.30
LML Lincoln Minerals 14 14 60 0.8 $ 4,599,869.49
HIP Hipo Resources -6 -29 50 1.5 $ 6,639,035.60
GME GME Resources 5 25 -34 4.5 $ 25,059,011.85
GLN Galan Lithium 7 -3 -27 15 $ 27,352,796.70
GED Golden Deeps 0 -6 -50 1.6 $ 8,615,051.18
EMH European Metals 10 14 53 45 $ 51,847,010.10
CNJ Conico -11 -6 60 1.6 $ 7,073,228.29
BSM Bass Metals 14 14 -50 0.4 $ 13,926,702.94
ARR American Rare Earths -13 -8 78 3.3 $ 9,600,346.54
AML Aeon Metals -4 -18 -13 13.5 $ 91,471,913.15
AJM Altura Mining 0 0 -7 7 $ 209,037,029.25
ARL Ardea Resources -12 -13 -8 47 $ 55,717,706.63
LPI Lithium Power International 16 9 -43 18.5 $ 49,972,641.57
BEM Blackearth Minerals 0 -8 -37 3.7 $ 4,318,909.80
ESS Essential Metals 17 13 -42 11 $ 17,350,789.11
CLQ Clean Teq -13 76 -21 27.25 $ 212,741,158.43
AVZ AVZ Minerals 0 -2 29 6.3 $ 187,340,901.53
ORE Orocobre -1 -6 1 264 $ 909,445,349.70
COB Cobalt Blue -12 -17 -47 8.5 $ 21,607,077.31
PLS Pilbara Minerals 1 -1 0 34.5 $ 823,444,242.60
MRC Mineral Commodities -3 36 74 34 $ 168,383,881.27
AGY Argosy Minerals 14 6 -30 5.6 $ 62,189,630.60
INF Infinity Lithium -13 -18 13 7.8 $ 23,721,024.22
GXY Galaxy Resources -4 15 16 132 $ 597,839,833.48
LKE Lake Resources 38 86 59 6.5 $ 56,730,389.55
AUZ Australian Mines -18 -36 -50 1.4 $ 63,383,261.60
EUR European Lithium 2 2 -46 4.8 $ 40,137,592.50

Anson Resources, Pure Minerals bask in Battery Day glory

Other ASX battery-related companies shared in the wave of positive sentiment from Tesla’s Battery Day.

Among them was Anson Resources (ASX:ASN) whose share price leapt 31.5 per cent, and Pure Minerals (ASX:PM1) up 11 per cent.

Anson is developing a salt brine resource in the US state of Utah, its Paradox Basin project, to supply lithium chemicals to the fast-growing battery market.

Elon Musk expressed an intention to utilise US-based lithium resources in Tesla’s battery production, and Anson is well-placed to meet this demand.

Pure Minerals has a high-grade energy chemicals processing hub in Townsville, Queensland, that receives nickel-cobalt sulphate from the company’s project in New Caledonia.

Ioneer (ASX:INR) and Triton Minerals (ASX:TON) both experienced a 10 per cent jump in their share prices.