National consortium to develop $100m battery research centre

A Western Australian-led consortium is a step closer to winning the bid for a $100 million Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) from the Federal Government.

The CRC aims to develop processes and battery applications through the use of Australia’s new energy materials.

Led by Curtin University in a national consortium of industry and universities that includes BHP, Energy Queensland, Tianqi Lithium and the University of Melbourne, the CRC plans to harness lithium, vanadium, nickel, cobalt and graphite to prop up the future of energy storage.

The Western Australian Government has pledged $6 million to fund the CRC. The consortium has raised around $27 million, and is seeking $25 million through the CRC application process.

Bid chair Tim Shanahan said, “The industry is telling us that there is an urgent need for Australia to take the lead in this next phase of our energy future, and the Future Battery Industries CRC works to ensure we position ourselves as the global leader in low cost, high quality, technically superior battery materials and technologies.

“The project will help guide the future of the energy industry by mapping out the pathway for Australia to mine, extract, refine and recycle battery minerals, metals and materials with the required quality controls, as well as completing the value chain through the manufacture, deployment and use of batteries.”

All proposals are considered based on merit and measured against other CRC applications.

The Federal Government is expected to announce the successful recipients in early 2019.

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