The State Government, through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, has produced a greater understanding of how Australia can transition into a major processing, manufacturing and trading hub for battery precursors.
The report ‘Li-ion battery cathode manufacture in Australia demonstrates that establishing a battery manufacturing facility in WA is technically and commercially feasible.
WA has all the minerals needed to make batteries, including nickel, lithium and cobalt, and expertise in mineral processing.
As identified in this report, and the WA Future Battery Industry Strategy, the next step to add value to Australia’s supply chain is to move into cathode precursor and cathode active production.
The report found that the Future Batteries Industry Cooperative Research Centre’s (FBICRC) Cathode Precursor Pilot Plant can be built at CSIRO’s Waterford facilities. The pilot plant will provide critical technical knowledge of how to build an industrial scale plant in WA.
The report was commissioned by the FBICRC and undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology, with support from Hatch Engineering and Curtin University
To view the report, visit https://fbicrc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Li-ion-Battery-Cathode-Manufacturing-in-Aust-1.pdf
Source: WA Government