The project

The Future electrolyte systems project aims to enhance Australia’s development of ‘soft’ battery components which are electrode binders, separators and the electrolytes.

This work will play a key role in developing the next generation of batteries which will use more stable substances, making them safer.

The impact

Lithium-ion batteries are used to power laptops, mobile phones, drones, electric vehicles, and grid-scale energy storage systems. These technologies demand small batteries with high energy densities, long life, fast charging capabilities and safe operation across a wide range of temperatures.

This project will help expand Australia’s presence along the battery value chain, benefiting Australian commodities and materials producers and creating new market opportunities through improvements to battery performance and cell manufacturing. It will add to scientific understanding of emerging battery technologies and support the local industry in bringing more advanced products to market.

“In order to become experts in production and commercialisation of batteries, this project will help Australian companies keep their product IP onshore without needing international assistance, enabling the creation of a stronger local supply chain in Australia.”

— Maria Forsyth


  • Alpha HPA
  • AnteoTech
  • BHP
  • Blackstone Minerals Limited
  • Calix Limited
  • Deakin University
  • FYI Resources Limited
  • Koppers
  • Li-S Energy
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Solvionic
  • GMG

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