Lithium Australia wins backing for battery cathode production

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has backed Lithium Australia’s development of a battery cathode manufacturing capability. AMGC will co-fund a project with Brisbane’s VSPC, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) to develop its technology to manufacture lithium ferro phosphate cathode material from recycled material. Lithium Australia is developing a circular economy approach to mining,…

Lepidico makes progress in lithium chemicals

Lithium chemicals company Lepidico (ASX: LPD) has successfully produced lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LOH) suitable for battery production from its Perth pilot plant operation (pictured). The results were achieved in a batch trial of Lepidico’s proprietary LOH-Max process, with impurity levels comparable to lithium produced using conventional methods. Purities of greater than 56.5 per cent LOH…

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…

EcoGraf moves on new WA battery graphite plant

EcoGraf Australia (ASX: EGR) has signed a letter of intent with GR Engineering Services for the procurement and construction of its planned 20,000 tonnes per annum battery graphite facility at Kwinana in Western Australian. The milestone follows the development of a new chemical process tested on imported flake graphite to manufacture spherical graphite (SpG). EcoGraf’s…

WA’s ‘battery valley’ begins to take shape

Western Australia’s ‘battery valley’ centre for processing and manufacture of battery materials is taking shape with approval for a third facility in the Kwinana industrial area south of Perth. High purity alumina (HPA) producer FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) has been offered and accepted a site within the Kwinana area to set up an HPA refinery.…

Chemistry means low-emission steelmaking alternatives remain a challenge: Bluescope boss

Widespread adoption of breakthrough low-emission steelmaking was a “considerable way off,” the CEO of Bluescope has said.   According to The Australian Financial Review, Mark Vasella said the steelmaking industry was striving to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and there were alternatives to using fossil fuel-based energy, but the traditional use of carbon required to…

Environmental Clean Technologies raises cash to expand

A rights issue is underway in which industrial technology group Environmental Clean Technologies (ASX:ECT) is seeking to raise between $2.75 million and $7.45 million for expansion. The company is developing a number of technologies to upgrade low-grade materials such as brown coal as well as recover waste resources and turn them into new materials. Its…