Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.
Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.
Researchers in Australia have unveiled a working prototype of a “proton battery” that they say could eventually overtake lithium-ion as a more powerful and sustainable alternative.
The Melbourne RMIT University team said potential applications for the proton battery include home energy storage devices charged from solar panels and electric vehicle charging.
A pilot production line is in operation in Australia that is able to produce a commercial prototype of a “next generation” graphene oxide-based supercapacitor, a company behind the project has announced.
Australian company First Graphene, formerly First Graphite, said “strong progress” had been made on developing the ‘Bolt Electricity Storage Technology’ (BEST) battery at the country’s Swinburne University of Technology.
Proposals to relaunch operations at a lead mine in Western Australia have been opened for public comment.
Paroo Station, the world's largest lead carbonate mine, was placed into care and maintenance on 16 January 2015 amid what owner Rosslyn Hill Mining said were “difficult market conditions” because of depressed lead prices.
Proposals to build a multi-million-dollar lead-acid battery recycling plant in eastern Australia have reportedly been given the go-ahead.
An application by Pymore Recyclers International (PRI) to invest AUD39.8 million ($31.9m) in the project, in an industrial zone at Kurri Kurri, in the state of New South Wales, has been granted by the state’s planning and environment department, the Maitland Mercury said.
Australia’s Northern Territory state government is calling for expressions of interest to build a large-scale energy storage system of 25-45MW.
Tender documents published by the government say the facility would support the grid in the state capital of Darwin and the town of Katherine.