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This includes evaluation of primary resources (lithium and vanadium), production of lithium chemicals, cathode powder production (at pilot scale), production of lithium-ion batteries ('LIBs') for research purposes, and the recycling of battery materials.
Drilling for vanadium metallurgical test samples completed at Youanmi.
Significant lithium minerals intersected in exploration drilling at Youanmi.
Improved lithium refining techniques by the production of lithium phosphate.
Next stage process development for recycled battery material underway at ANSTO. Pilot plant design commenced.
Lithium phosphate generated from spent LIBs.
Cathode powder regenerated using lithium recovered from spent LIBs.
Business plan completed for battery supply into the Australian market.
The Company has an option to acquire the full rights and titles to three exploration licences at Youanmi in
The focus of the Company's lithium drilling at Youanmi has been the down-dip extensions of outcropping lithium-bearing pegmatites. Until the end of shift on
A drilling programme, now completed, has generated samples for metallurgical testing. The programme comprised four drill holes for 252 m. Samples have been dispatched for chemical analysis in
The Company has developed a number of extraction processes, which, when combined with its patented VSPC cathode powder production technology, allow the production of cathode powders directly from lithium phosphate, without the requirement of an intermediate lithium hydroxide or carbonate. This potentially reduces the number of process steps required to generate cathode active materials used in LIBs.
Patent applications have been lodged for various parts of the lithium phosphate precipitation and refining process and the Company has been advised that the means by which this has been achieved is novel and thus eligible to receive patent protection. However, a broader global market for lithium hydroxide is very robust and to capitalize on this opportunity, as lithium hydroxide commands a premium on lithium carbonate, LIT has been investigating the conversion of lithium phosphate directly to lithium hydroxide. Test work has been initiated at ANSTO, with vendor assistance for this unit process.
LIT has also developed a cheap and simple means of removing impurities from lithium phosphate to improve quality and consistency of product. This refining process is also subject to patent applications. Test work at ANSTO, has demonstrated orders of magnitude reduction in impurities such as sodium, potassium and sulfur. This refining step is equally applicable to lithium chemicals produced by the Company's SiLeach or LieNA technologies.
The Company continues to advance the development of LieNA , a caustic digest technology that provides an alternative to the thermal conversion of spodumene concentrates for the production of lithium chemicals. The LieNA technology was recently presented at the
Batteries and cathode materials
Significant progress has been made towards implementing the Company's plans with respect to DLG. In particular, formal business plans - including objectives, goals and budgets - have now been completed. DLG and Lithium Australia will meet in
Meanwhile, VSPC will amend its current scoping study for the production of LFP cathode powders, to better reflect the anticipated outcomes of the DLG partnership. Testing of VSPC cathode materials continues at DLG Battery and customers in
The Company is accelerating its R&D programme for the recycling of LIBs and has awarded the next module of test work to ANSTO. The programme is treating recycled battery material produced in
Moreover, an extra 50 collection points have been added to those already established by Envirostream. This expansion has materialised through partnerships with
Comment from Lithium Australia MD
'The activities being undertaken by the Company place us in a unique position to provide sustainable solutions to the battery industry and the components that supply that industry. We are passionate about improving the utilisation of resources and reducing negative impacts on the environment as we do so.'
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