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, refining, battery recycling and cathode manufacture.

Its partly owned Envirostream offshoot operates a battery recycling plant, and VSPC has already produced cathode material at its Brisbane pilot plant.

AMGC will provide funds of up to $185,000 to be matched by VSPC and its partners.

Partners include the University of Queensland, Shanghai’s DLG Battery Co and Recycling Corporation Pty Ltd.

AMGC’s Jens Goennemann said VSPC’s cathode production process addressed global challenges of dealing with waste and conserving raw materials.

Lithium Australia managing director, Adrian Griffin said: “VSPC’s initiative to advance the application of lower-cost raw materials is a significant step forward for the battery industry..

“This is an opportunity to provide practical outcomes in advancing the circular economy.”

Picture: Lithium Australia/pulverised battery material

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