Lithium Australia recovers lithium from spent li-ion batteries

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has successfully refined lithium phosphate from spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), and is proceeding to manufacture cathode powders. The company, announced it was producing lithium-ferro-phosphate (LPT) coin cells to test the performance of its re-birthed cathodes, effectively proving its novel battery recycling technologies. The Perth company has also recovered nickle and cobalt…

Plasma power: the Australian project aiming to do better than wet coating for textiles

An Innovative Manufacturing CRC-backed project announced last month is aiming to move research on material coating methods out of the lab and into factories. Brent Balinski asked project lead Dr Weiwei Lei a few questions about how his process works and what the project hopes to achieve.

LG Chem joins Envirostream to recycle batteries

Leading Korean lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem has joined with Victorian company Envirostream Australia to develop safe and innovative recycling solutions to reduce battery waste. Describing Envirostream as “one of the pioneering recycle-luminaries”, LG Chem said in a statement the partnership would develop solutions to increase battery recycling rates, which “is an increasing threat to…

Rio launches, then re-launches robotic trains (according to the media)

Comment by Peter Roberts If you can have more farewells than Melba, then can you have more inaugurations that Rio Tinto? The media was ablaze over the weekend with reports that Rio had completed the inauguration of its $950 million autonomous rail system carrying iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The remotely…

Alkane invests in technology to process zirconia and rare earths

Minerals technology company, Alkane Resources (ASX: ALK) has signed an agreement with a South Korean firm to develop new methods for refining zirconium and rare earths using an electrolytic process. Alkane, through its subsidiary, Australian Strategic Metals will invest $1.8 million in a pilot plant being developed by Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation. The plant will…