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A Grant of Ten Million Dollars Was Given to Nano One by Sustainable Development Technology Canada

A Grant of Ten Million Dollars Was Given to Nano One by Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Nano One® Materials Corp. (“Nano One” or the “Company”) (TSX: NANO)(OTC PINK:NNOMF)(Frankfurt:LBMB) is a clean technology company with patented processes for the low-cost, low-environmental footprint production of high-performance cathode materials used in lithium-ion batteries. Nano One is pleased to announce an award of $10 million in non-dilutive, non-repayable contributions from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (“SDTC”). These funds will support the conversion of Nano One’s recently acquired Candiac facility to the patented One-Pot Process for industrial-scale pilot production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP). SDTC’s continued support has been an important contribution to Nano One’s success and will accelerate the LFP piloting while advancing the plan towards commercial operations.

The SDTC project also includes financial support for the design, construction, and operation of a multi-cathode piloting hub (MCPH) to help customize and advance Nano One’s One-Pot and metal-direct-to-CAM (M2CAM®) processes for the industrial scale pilot production of next-gen LFP, NMC, and LNM cathode active materials (CAM). These processes are being developed independently by Nano One and jointly with global cathode partners1,2 and various automotive collaborators for future licensing, joint venture and independent production opportunities. Nano One will lead the project with valuable contributions from consortium partners Rio Tinto, Lithion Battery Inc., and an undisclosed automotive OEM3.

“These funds will help us fast track the conversion of North America’s only LFP plant to Nano One’s patented One Pot Process,” said Nano One CEO Mr. Dan Blondal. “This will showcase world-class cathode materials, made right here in Canada, and differentiated on a global scale by driving down costs, energy intensity and environmental footprint. It will enable joint development, industrial scale piloting and customer validation of LFP, NMC, and LNM CAM, and it will help accelerate licensing and offtake while shortening the journey to revenue, full-scale commercial demonstration and wide-scale expansion. This aligns well with Nano One’s mission to maximize shareholder value, create prosperity in Canada, and secure supply chains for the North American lithium-ion battery ecosystems. It does so by leveraging our recent acquisition in Candiac, and by setting the stage for high-quality resilient business opportunities that will promote steady growth into the future.”

This project is named Pre-Commercial Trial and Multi Cathode Piloting Hub will be multi-phase, multi-year, and milestone-driven. This follows two other successful Nano One SDTC projects4,5 which assisted in demonstrating the One-Pot process at small pilot scale production volumes and advanced the technology to this point of pre-commercial trials. This project also leverages Nano One’s recent high-value acquisition of the Johnson Matthey6 LFP business in Candiac, Québec, Canada, on November 1, 2022. It amplifies the opportunity for global LFP business expansion and is further validated by the support of the federal government and the project’s industrial consortium partners. Nano One’s project in Candiac is further enhanced by a team with deep technology commercialization experience, scale-up know-how, and automotive quality CAM production expertise, all led by a seasoned executive team.

Mr. Blondal added, “We thank SDTC, the Government of Canada, and our consortium members for their continued support. It adds strength for Nano One and our valued shareholders as we pursue the advancement and commercialization of our technology. We are aligned with the government in creating supply chains that are competitive, resilient, and differentiated with minimal waste, cost, energy, water usage, and security issues. Our Candiac facility will be a launch-pad for a new generation of scalable cathode materials and sustainable supply chains.”

Leah Lawrence, CEO of SDTC, commented, “As the global electric vehicle (EV) market continues to grow, ensuring a reliable supply of EV batteries is essential to Canada’s economic competitiveness. Nano One’s innovative cathode active materials (CAM) manufacturing process will ensure a cleaner and more efficient battery supply chain here at home in Canada and in North America as well. SDTC is proud to continue our support for Nano One as it enters its next stage of growth.”

Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of ISED, said, “Canada is moving aggressively to seize the economic opportunities from critical minerals mining, refining, and manufacturing. We are committed to leveraging our competitive advantages-abundance of critical minerals, skilled labor, clean energy, and proximity to markets to achieve this goal. Canada’s innovation ecosystem is another key advantage, and we must harness revolutionary technologies that drive innovation in this space. To that end, we’re proud to support Nano One as they change the way battery materials are made, reducing the cost and environmental footprint of electric vehicle batteries, and advancing made-in-Canada innovation.”

The company looks forward to presenting further details as it executes on its vision, strategic initiatives, and plans in 2023.