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Australian Vanadium receives $14.7 million grant Battery materials company Australian Vanadium has received a milestone payment of $14.7 million from the federal government under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream. The grant provides up to $49 million to support the company’s Australian Vanadium Project to enable new critical mineral production which will support…

Alpha HPA grows first synthetic sapphire used in LED lights

Aluminium chemicals company Alpha HPA’s Alpha Sapphire has successfully grown the first ~300kg of synthetic sapphire crystal boules (pictured) in maiden growth runs from the company’s first two sapphire growth units at the facility in Gladstone, Queensland. The facility, which recently achieved its first small scale commercial production of high purity aluminium nitrate (Al-nitrate,) produced…

Queensland’s Battery Industry Strategy aims to lead nation

The Queensland government has released an ambitious $570 million Queensland Battery Industry Strategy aiming to spur nation leading investment in renewable energy to create clean economy jobs. The strategy supports battery industry innovation, commercialisation, investment, supply-chain growth, and will promote Queensland nationally and internationally, according to a statement. It estimates that Queensland’s battery industry could…

Alpha HPA to produce first synthetic sapphire

Downstream mineral processor Alpha HPA has announced that its plans to construct Australia’s first growth facilities for synthetic sapphire used in high technology industries are advancing at Gladstone in Queensland. The company is commercialising sapphire production utilising the Austrian Ebner-Fametec sapphire growth technology utilising Alpha’s high purity alumina feedstock. Sapphire glass is ultra-pure glass used…

Alpha HPA battery anode plant nears completion

Critical aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA is nearing the completion of upgrades to its small-scale, commercial high purity alumina (HPA) production facility in Gladstone, Queensland. Supported by a $15.5 million grant awarded under the federal government’s Critical Minerals Development Program, the upgrade will add a HPA circuit including an HPA tunnel kiln and five rotary…

Alpha HPA to move downstream to synthetic sapphire

Aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA is to move to downstream processing to produce synthetic sapphire from high purity alumina (HPA) sourced from its refinery at Gladstone, Queensland. Stage One Precursor Production Facility (PPF) in Gladstone is now in operation, producing 99.999 per cent high purity alumina (HPA) coating pre-cursor material for use in manufacturing lithium-ion…