Lithium Australia’s wholly owned subsidiary, VSPC, has successfully produced Li-ion battery (LIB), cathode material, and Li-ion batteries from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste at its advanced electrochemical laboratory and pilot plant facility in Brisbane.
This groundbreaking process removes the requirement for generation of high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate which has long been one of the most cost-intensive and challenging steps in the manufacture of LIBs.
The demonstrated ability to bypass lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide as battery precursors, provides potential to significantly reduce the cost battery manufacture. Additionally, the use of mine waste in the battery production cycle can provide greater sustainability to global lithium resources.
Lithium Australia is also developing the process for direct production of cathode powders from lithium brines, to eliminate the requirement to produce high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate and to reduce the requirement for evaporation ponds.