Archer graphite tested in li-ion batteries

Archer Materials has successfully made high-value coated spherical graphite (CSG) from its Campoona graphite mine on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and tested it in lithium-ion battery prototypes. The company told investors it had used commercially available amorphous carbon to coat the spherical graphite which was derived from flake graphite mined 220 kilometres north-west of Adelaide.…

FYI Resources moves ahead on Kwinana alumina plant, secures new equity

Perth materials technology group FYI Resources has announced a positive result from its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Western Australian high purity alumina (HPA) project. The company, which plans a kaolin mine at Cadoux, WA and a processing plant at Kwinana south of Perth, has also secured $80 million in development equity financing for…

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…