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…

QLD pilot plant the latest effort in race to address booming high-purity alumina market

A two-year pilot plant study, linking Lava Blue, Queensland University of Technology and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, is the latest attempt to tap into the fast-expanding market for high-purity alumina.   High-purity alumina (HPA) is an in-demand material, used in applications including coatings for lithium ion battery separators, LED production, and synthetic sapphire production. The…

Lynas confident of continuing operations in Malaysia

Rare earths producer Lynas Corp is confident of a future operating in Malaysia following the extension of its licence to operate by six months. The company said in an operational update that the extension, announced in August, provided an operational pathway for continued operation. However the company has yet to receive further approvals following concerns…

Our ability to manufacture minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries and even help suck carbon from the air

By Anita Parbhakar-Fox, Senior Research Fellow in Geometallurgy/Applied Geochemistry, The University of Queensland and Paul Gow, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or haematite. This new mineral was discovered after an examination of the…

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…

Leigh Creek Energy readies to sell gas for industrial use

In-situ coal gasification developer, Leigh Creek Energy (ASX: LCK) is closer to commercialising its extensive South Australian gas reserves. The company has received further certification of the gas reserve associated with the former Leigh Creek brown coal mine in SA and is advancing planning with strategic partners. Leigh Creek has successfully demonstrated underground coal gasification…