Canadian cleantech specialist Nano One (TSX.V:NNO) has named Dr Yuan Gao as a strategic advisor to the company, bringing with him his knowledge of the critical area of lithium-ion battery cathode technologies, supply chains and business strategy. He is a recognised expert in the area of lithium-ion batteries.
Nano One is a clean technology company with a patented, scalable and low carbon intensity industrial process for the low-cost production of high-performance lithium-ion battery cathode materials. The technology is applicable to electric vehicle, energy storage, consumer electronic and next generation batteries in the global push for a zero-emission future.
Who is Dr Yuan Gao?
Dr. Gao is an internationally recognized expert with over a hundred patents issued around the world, dozens of journal publications and his innovations are at the core of today’s lithium-ion batteries. He has joined Nano One Advisory Committee members, Joe Lowry, Robert Morris and Dr. Byron Gates.
Dr. Gao is the Vice Chairman of the board of Pulead Technology, a respected producer of cathodes for lithium-ion batteries, having served as President and CEO from May 2014 to Sept 2019. In addition, Dr. Gao also serves as a member of the board of directors for Lithium Americas Corp.
“As the global production of lithium-ion battery materials grows to millions of tons,” said Dr. Gao, “we will need technological innovation to eliminate environmental waste, economic inefficiencies, and complexity that persist in today’s battery supply chain.”
Why is Dr. Gao’s appointment important for Nano One?
He brings considerable experience and a slate of connections within the wider battery materials industry which should provide useful to the company. CEO Blondal has been very clear that the company will be seeking further commercialisation of its technology in the year ahead, and Dr Gao should be able to play an important role in this.
Dr. Gao remains Vice Chairman of the board of Pulead Technology, the China based tech company specialising in three kinds of electrochemical cathode active materials which are used in high performance lithium-ion batteries. The R&D department of Beijing University, which is one of China’s most reputable bodies of learning, sits at the core of Pulead’s technological innovation.
Pulead closely collaborates with other battery manufacturers, such as Lishen, which is now the supplier of choice for a range of industry-leading multi-national corporations.
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What makes Nano One special?
Nano One uses a patented One Pot process that employs coated nanocrystal materials and its own Metal Cathode Active Material to address the fundamental performance needs and supply chain constraints currently facing companies. Nano One also assists with reducing costs and carbon footprints.
These are proprietary technologies belonging to the company that are receiving more interest every month as larger market players consider their options in the post-COP 26 environment.
Nano One has received funding from various government programs and the current “Scaling of Advanced Battery Materials Project” is supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund of the Province of British Columbia.