Australian mining firm Core Exploration Limited has applied for a licence to develop one of the country’s highest-grade lithium deposits, as part of plans to make inroads into the Chinese battery materials market.
Core said on 19 October it plans to develop its 100%-owned Grants deposit near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, which contains an estimated 1.8 million tonnes of high-grade spodumene— a key mineral in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.
Australian flow battery maker Redflow has won a second US$600,000 (A$750,000) order for zinc-bromine batteries for a major energy storage project in the Pacific Islands.
The repeat order, from New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions, comes just a few months after Redflow supplied its ZBM2 batteries for Hitech’s construction of “advanced hybrid energy storage solutions” at a number of telecoms sites.
Australia’s Syrah Resources has signed a deal to provide a Chinese lithium battery materials supplier with 30,000 tonnes of graphite in the first year of production at its Balama mine in Mozambique.
Syrah said the agreement is with Jixi BTR Graphite Industrial, which supplies battery materials for lithium-ion products used in electric vehicles and the energy storage sector.
Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to supply raw materials to the German start-up behind plans to build two gigafactories in Europe.
Magnis said it has signed a deal with TerraE Holding GmbH, which recently formed a consortium of 17 (now 18) major companies and research institutions – and plans a total of 34GWh of production capacity across two lithium-ion battery cell production plants in Germany.
The Queensland state government in Australia has launched a large-scale energy storage auction programme – calling on firms to start registering their interest in tendering to provide a total of up to 100MW of storage capacity in the state before 2020.
The ‘Renewables 400’ initiative is part of the government’s AUD1.6 billion ($1.2bn) Powering Queensland Plan, launched earlier this year, to help meet the state’s target of generating 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030.
Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.
“Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.