With rising demand for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage, there has been rapid development of new mines in Australia.
Many mines have struggled to maximise the amount of concentrate able to be extracted from the raw materials.
As a result, Australia is losing out on the higher value refinery market — worth approximately twice what is generated through producing concentrate.
The project aims to address these challenges to unlock and maximise production of Australia’s lithium resource with lower capital and operating costs and reduced environmental impact. It is also developing cutting-edge cost-effective processing technology to help Australia perform refinery operations widely to capture a greater share of the global refinery market.