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LFP tests indicate lithium-ion cells can be made from waste material and recycled batteries

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 09:48 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia has completed initial tests on its lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cells made from waste material, including low-grade spodumene and spent lithium-ion batteries.

The Australian firm has said testing revealed the 2032 cells, with a lithium metal negative electrode, achieved capacities of up to 161mAh/g at a 0.1C discharge rate1. 

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Patent for lithium extraction technology granted to Lithium Australia

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 16:26 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium Australia has received a ‘Certificate of Grant’ from IP Australia for its lithium processing technology patent.

The firm’s LieNA® technology recovers lithium from fine and contaminated spodumene, the most common hard-rock source of lithium for the production of battery materials.

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Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC signs MoU to commercialise lithium-ion cathodes

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Cathode materials developer VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company to commercialise its technology.

The deal was agreed following a technical review and discussions around the Australian firm’s lithium-ferro-phosphate cathode product.

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Lithium Australia continues aggressive march to close lithium-ion battery recycling loop

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:28 -- Paul Crompton

Materials firm Lithium Australia now owns 73.7% of lithium-ion battery recycler Envirostream after upping its stake in the company for the third time this year.

Perth-based Lithium Australia paid AUD100,000 ($68,000) for the additional shares, mirroring the payment made in October to take its share in the recycler from 18.9% to 23.9%.

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MoU paves way for Australian firm to supply recycled battery materials to Korea

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton

Envirostream Australia, a 24% owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials offtake deal that includes recycled mixed metal dust (MMD) containing cobalt, nickel and lithium.

The memorandum of understanding with South Korean battery recycler SungEel Hitech involves the exclusive supply of metals extracted from recycled lithium-ion batteries out of Australia. 

Image: SungEel president Mr Kang Myung Yi and Envirostream managing director Andrew Mackenzie shake hands after signing the offtake MoU

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Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

The material, recovered from mixed metal dust, will be made into lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode powder at the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC’s cathode powder pilot plant, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Lithium Australia in batteries tie-up with China’s DLG

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lithium Australia (LA) and China’s DLG Battery Co are to form a joint venture to sell DLG’s lithium-ion batteries in Australia— and launch a battery product targeting domestic and global markets.

The 50-50 'Lithium Australia DLG' business will also “fast-track” the commercialisation of cathode powders produced by LA subsidiary VSPC for use in DLG batteries, according to a letter of intent signed by the firms.

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Australian acquisition looks to close recycling loop

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:45 -- Hugh Finzel

Lithium Australia (LA) is to acquire a minority stake in lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling company Envirostream, as part of its mission to “close the loop on the energy-metal cycle”.

The acquisition comes after LA started producing lithium-iron-phosphate battery cathode material from waste batteries at its re-commissioned pilot facility in Brisbane.

LA will invest a total of AUD600,000 (US$429,000) for 560 shares in Victoria-based Envirostream— currently representing 18.9% of the company’s issued capital.

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Mine waste powers battery business

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Adrian Griffin

VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia (LA), has successfully manufactured lithium-ion cathode material and lithium-ion batteries themselves from lithium mining waste.

This announcement marks the success of an extended project for LA, after BEST Battery Briefing reported last August that they had obtained permission to extract lithium from mining dumps in Western Australia.

Waste tri-lithium phosphate— which is a direct waste product from lithium mining— was successfully converted into lithium-iron-phosphate cathode material at LA’s laboratory and pilot plant facility in Brisbane, Queensland.

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Lithium Australia hails LFP cathode project milestone

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:08 -- John Shepherd
Lithium Australia hails LFP cathode project milestone

Lithium Australia (LIT) has started producing lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery cathode material from its re-commissioned pilot facility in Brisbane.

The milestone comes 10 months after Perth-based LIT took the first steps to acquire the facility from battery cathode developer Very Small Particle Company— since renamed as VSPC.

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