UK tech company C-Tech Innovation has agreed to develop a vanadium electrolyte plant with Australian Vanadium.
The deal was struck with Australian Vanadium Ltd (AVL), which is emerging as a leading producer of vanadium, with particular focus on the Gabanintha deposit in Western Australia.
The company has said it intends to capitalise on opportunities in the battery industry for large-scale energy storage.
Where the Australian partner will concentrate on extracting the vanadium, C-Tech, a research and development company based in Chester, UK, will develop a pilot-scale electrolyte mixing plant in Perth.
It will also assist AVL in optimizing metal recovery along with conventional metallurgical methods.
Under the agreement, AVL will also exclusively market C-Tech’s electrolyte stack technology in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
C-Tech designs and engineers all aspects of flow batteries, from component design to cell stacks. The company also works on designing fuel cells.