Lithium Australia demonstrates reduced production costs for cathodes

Lithium materials company Lithium Australia has demonstrated cost savings of between 20 and 30 per cent in chemical and reagent costs used to produce lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) battery cathodes. The company, which is developing lithium mines, processing technologies, component manufacturing and battery recycling, demonstrated the savings at its subsidiary, VSPC Ltd’s Brisbane pilot plant.…

EOS to launch space terminals and directed energy weapon

Space, communications and defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems is preparing to launch several new products including a new directed energy weapon. In an activities update, the Canberra company revealed it was preparing to make space communications terminals at its defence systems factory in Huntsville Alabama. The terminals are based on technology acquired by EOS when…

Grey Innovation delivers first ventilators to national stockpile

Thirty companies led by Victoria’s Grey Innovation have passed a new milestone delivering its first Notus invasive ventilators (pictured) used to treat Covid-19 to the National Medical Stockpile. This shipment, and the rest to follow over coming weeks, comes only three months after the federal government inked a $31.3 million contract to produce 2,000 invasive…

Doubly good news on local battery manufacture

Two potential Australian manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries have announced important steps forward in their local plans, with one supported by the Advanced Manufacturing growth centre. AMGC announced co-funding for Energy Renaissance which aims to become Australia’s first utility-scale Li-ion battery manufacturer on the same day Magnis Energy Technologies secured new development partners for its project…

Quickstep progresses AeroQure composites process

Composites manufacturer Quickstep has entered a new partnership to develop its Qure rapid composites processing technology for the global aerospace market. The Sydney company has joined commercial aerospace supplier Spirit Aerosystems to produce aircraft structural components using its AeroQure process. Quickstep’s Qure technology bypasses the energy-intensive autoclaving process, saving energy and time in manufacturing parts.…