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Diraq opens commercial laboratory in Sydney Silicon-based quantum computing company Diraq opened its new commercial laboratory, located UNSW’s campus at Sydney, on Tuesday. The company, which announced a successful Series A-2 capital raise of $29 million (US$15m) last week, said the lab is “a critical step” in its plans “to leverage today’s semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure…

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…

RMIT-led team says their metal-ion “water batteries” are catching up to lead acid, lithium ion

An international team led by RMIT University is developing what they describe as recyclable “water batteries” that address the safety problems of lithium ion-based energy storage. Lithium-ion is the dominant type of battery chemistry – powering many household devices, vehicles and more – due to its technological maturity, but also presents safety concerns due to…

Critical mineral nickel slump spurs government action

A slump in prices for the critical mineral nickel – used in battery manufacture – has brought action from the federal and Western Australian governments. In the past few days federal Resources Minister Madeleine King placed nickel on the Critical Minerals List, giving nickel companies opportunity to access billions of dollars in Commonwealth funding. And…

First battery graphite produced in WA

International Graphite has successful commissioned its new qualification-scale graphite micronising plant (pictured) at Collie, south of Perth which will produce graphite used in battery anodes. The 200tpa microniser is the largest in Australia and a milestone in the development of a domestic graphite industry, according to the company. International Graphite told investors: “It will be…

Altech makes progress with silicon battery prototypes

Silicon battery developer Altech Batteries has reported ‘excellent progress’ in the manufacture of prototype CERENERGY battery developed in joint venture with Germany’s Fraunhofer IKTS institute. Fraunhofer has developed a pilot plant in Hermsdorf, Germany which has been building two 60 kWh silicon battery pack prototypes designed for the grid storage market since 2023. The battery…

Australian Vanadium merges with TMT Australia

Battery developer Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) and Technology Metals Australia have completed their merger, creating a stronger business developing a mine to battery value chain for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The merger also brings together the companies’ adjoining mining leases at Gabanintha, south of Meekatharra in Western Australia, where AVL plans mining which will…

AVL’s vanadium electrolyte facility complete

Australian Vanadium Ltd‘s (AVL’s) vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility has been completed in Perth’s northern suburbs (pictured), furthering the development of Australian battery supply chains. Used in vanadium redox flow batteries considered suited to stationary facilities, the plant can produce up to 33MWh of high purity electrolyte per annum. AVL will now qualify its production with…