Atlas Materials

What They Do

The breakthrough Atlas Process creates battery nickel in an electrochemical process with almost zero carbon dioxide, no waste or other emissions. Today, the process produces less than 0.1 ton of CO₂ per ton of nickel when powered by renewables, a 130x saving compared with traditional methods. In the future, a direct air capture circuit, utilising the reagents used in nickel extraction, can be coupled with an Atlas plant to make the whole process carbon-negative.

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Why It Matters

Atlas presents a win-win climate solution; decarbonising and securing supply chains for nickel a valuable material crucial for the energy transition and creating new methods for for carbon removal (CDR).

Existing nickel processes use inefficient, polluting methods with toxic byproducts and emissions. Atlas could increase the amount of available nickel ore for batteries by 50% by economically processing saprolite ore.

In addition to nickel, Atlas produces valuable low-carbon supplementary cementitious materials and magnesium hydroxide, which holds promise as a crucial ingredient in various CDR applications. By manufacturing materials that are both in high demand and valuable to the energy transition, Atlas has paved a route to profitability along with a reduced-risk path to economies of scale.