Australian Vanadium in talks with Chinese steelmaker

Resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium (ASX: AVL) has signed an agreement which could see its services and products sold into the China market. The company, which is developing large-scale vanadium deposits and manufactures vanadium battery electrolyte, signed agreements with Hebei Yanshan Vanadium and Titanium Industry Technology Research Co to allow the negotiation of a…

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Submarine deal’s sinking feeling – defence doubts revealed

Comment by Peter Roberts Australia’s $50 billion deal to buy submarines from the French Naval Grup looks to be on shakey ground with the release of a highly critical report from the Commonwealth Auditor-General. Far from being a great deal, the federal government began planning to walk away from the deal during the torturous negotiation…

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Lithium a step closer to process patent protection

Lithium ion battery materials group Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has moved a step close to achieving patent protection for its key proprietary processes for recovering lithium phosphates from silicate ores and solutions. The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation has published two Lithium Australia patent applications, a key step in the process of…

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Canberra backs STEM education

Young Australians will have the chance to get involved in practical projects that open up the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with $2 million available from the federal government. Industry minister Karen Andrews has announced the opening of applications for Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants. Maker Projects grants support STEM-related organisations…

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