Report: WA global battery manufacturing hub “technically and commercially feasible”
By Staff Reporter
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An analysis has described how it is “technically and commercially feasible” to build a lithium ion battery processing, manufacturing and trading hub in Western Australia.
Queensland University of Technology was commissioned by the Future Battery Industries CRC — with Hatch Engineering and Curtin University supporting — to produce the Li-ion battery cathode manufacture in Australia report.
Report lead Professor Peter Talbot of QUT said Australia had nine of the ten mineral elements needed to make it a reality, and the remainder, graphite, was here in commercial reserves.
The rising global demand for lithium ion batteries, predicted to reach $136 billion by 2030, presented a one in a generation opportunity, “to transition into a major processing, manufacturing and trading hub if an adequate business case can be built,” said Talbot.
“Critical components in advanced battery production — precursor, anode, cathode, electrolyte — can be manufactured in Australia. Battery manufacturing technology central to downstream lithium processing therefore stands as the critical gap in the Australian supply chain.”