Australia-based Novonix Limited has said its new fully-commissioned lithium-ion battery cell pilot manufacturing line in Canada will “accelerate” R&D cycle time and reduce costs.
The Nova Scotia facility will support R&D into “a wide range of battery material”. Novonix said the “initial focus” will be on supporting the company's ‘Pure Graphite’ anode material production joint venture with Coulometrics in the US.
A government-backed project has been launched in Australia to define a “performance standard” for home battery storage systems connected to solar power systems.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) said the aim is to develop a standard that covers battery systems ranging from residential to small commercial systems, with estimated maximum size estimates of 100 kilowatts peak power and 200 kilowatt-hours stored energy.
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.