Listed Australian technology company Calix (ASX:CXL) has announced it has joined the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI-CRC) as a key participant.
Calix officially opened its $2.7 million BATMn reactor at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria last month, which uses the company’s platform “flash calcination” technology. This exposes ground materials to intense, brief heat, creating a “mineral honeycomb” with a high surface area and porosity and new, “nano-active” properties.
The FBI-CRC was announced in April, and is supported by $25 million in federal funding. Its members include BHP, Tianqi Lithium and Galaxy Resources.
Calix cited the possible role of its technology within CRC work “not only in developing advanced battery materials through… BATMn, but also in improving extractive mineral techniques such as Lithium from Spodumene ore.”
Calix’s flash calcination is currently applied to commercial products derived from the mineral magnesite, and sold to markets including aquaculture, infrastructure, and agriculture.
It is a participant in multiple collaborative R&D projects in Australia and overseas. This includes the Australian Research Council $6.5m StorEnergy industrial innovation training centre, the Calix-led $9.4m CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries, and the EU Horizon 2020-backed project at Heidelberg Cement’s Belgian factory on carbon capture for cement making.
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