The project

The Super Anode project is working to produce fast charging, high powered anodes (a key components of batteries), whilst refining the manufacturing process and making recycling practices as sustainable as possible.

The project aims to deliver a reduction in graphite wastage of up to 30% during anode production and improve anode performance by up to 25%.

The impact

Alongside cathodes and electrolytes, a high functioning graphite anode is central to the production of world-class commercial batteries.  As cost and environmental concerns grow, the demand for natural rather than synthetic graphite is expected to grow significantly.

Natural graphite needs to be refined via a complex set of procedures which leads to significant wastage and increased cost.  The Super Anode project will contribute to the development of a more efficient anode that will deliver higher performance, lower costs and improve sustainability, allowing Australia to become more competitive in the global battery industry.

It will also encourage companies specialising in graphite refinement to base their operations to Australia, bringing additional knowledge, income and job creation to the country.

“The improvements likely to result from this project will enable Australian producers to establish key points of difference in both cost and performance which would otherwise be unachievable. By connecting relevant research and industry players, the Super Anode project will directly support the development of commercial capability and capacity in Australia.”

– Dr. Amanda Ellis


  • Calix Limited
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • EcoGraf
  • Koppers
  • Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Syrah Resources Limited
  • University of Melbourne

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