Sustainability 6K’s Unimelt plasma awarded “Top Product of the Year”
USA — The Unimelt platform from 6K has earned the Top Product of the Year Award for its ability to produce powders for energy storage and additive manufacturing with distinct sustainability advantages over legacy technologies.
The Environment + Energy Leader Awards is a program recognising excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, and in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line. For its sustainability benefits, 6K's Unimelt plasma production system received a Top Product of the Year Award in the Environment + Energy Leader Awards program. The selection is recognition of the companies ability to produce and deliver powders in both additive manufacturing and energy storage in an environmentally friendly way compared to existing powder production technologies that serve these markets.
The company states that the platform would offer multifaceted sustainability benefits like no other battery material production platform in the world. As an example, if a legacy battery cathode production plant was replaced with 6K’s Unimelt platform, 100 percent of wastewater would be eliminated, energy usage and greenhouse gas generation would be reduced by up to 70 percent, and water usage would be decreased by 90 percent.
The manufacturer recently announced the creation of the Battery Center of Excellence, a 33,000 sq/ft state-of-the-art facility to accommodate ten Unimelt systems that can produce as much as 100 tons of material from each system annually. This will support full scale development of materials such as high energy density and single crystal cathode, solid-state electrolyte materials, Silicon Anode for fast-charging and many more. 6K’s additive division also recently completed its Global Manufacturing facility for producing additive manufacturing powders adding 45,000 sq/ft of “lights out” powder production capabilities for performance powders such as Tungsten, Ti64, Ni718/625, and Stainless Steel 316L/17-4.