What is nickel?
How is nickel used?
Food and health
Stainless steel produced from nickel is used in a variety of home appliances, kitchen materials and medical instruments.
Nickel is used in process plants, oil and gas, power generation and chemical production.
Nickel has many structural applications, like reinforcing concrete.
Nickel is a key ingredient in almost every form of transportation. This includes cars, trains and even the aerospace industry.
You’ll find nickel in your everyday electronics including mobile phones, laptops and digital cameras.
Nickel is a key component in a range of renewable energy storage systems, including Lithium-ion batteries.
Nickel and electric cars
Nickel is essential to the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles.
The key ingredient
A 60kwh NMC811 battery needs 5kg of cobalt, 5kg of manganese, 6kg of lithium and 39kg of nickel to function.
When a battery has more nickel, a vehicle can operate for longer and drive further.
BHP and electric vehicles
Nickel is a vital part of the batteries that power electric cars.
As we make the move to a lower carbon world, more and more people around the world are making the transition to electric cars. This means there will be higher demand for the essential elements that are needed to make nickel-rich lithium-ion batteries.
Where is nickel found?
How do we produce nickel?