Materials technology business Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has successfully generated a high purity lithium phosphate from waste materials using its SiLeach process.
Previously Lithium Australia has successfully produced LFP batteries from unrefined, SiLeach generated lithium phosphate.
Now in association with ANSTO, the company has announced a simple means of removing impurities resulting in a product suitable for manufacture of lithium ion batteries.
High performance lithium ion batteries made from the refined product were tested at the company’s lithium cathode powders plant in Brisbane.
Lithium Australia said in a statement that products made with the refined powders had significant advantages over conventional lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide chemistry.
As reported in @AuManufacturing news, the company has begun a feasibility study to evaluate the direct production of battery cathode products.