VANCOUVER – American Vanadium has filed a patent application for tis Vanadium oxide purification process with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The process refines vanadium oxide for use as an electrolyte for mass storage batteries as well as other higher margin product lines such as aluminum and titanium vanadium master alloys, according to the company.
The process has undergone three sets of independent tests, and the average of these tests showed that no impurity level was more than 10 ppm. The company believes that a commercial plant will provide even better results than the laboratory tests.
American Vanadium is developing the only primary vanadium mine in the United States. The open pit, heap leach Gibellini project in Nevada will produce vanadium products for the chemical and titanium alloying industries, as well as vanadium electrolyte for the energy storage industry. A production rate of 11.4 million lb of vanadium pentoxide annually is possible.
More information about the Gibellini project is available at AmericanVanadium.com.