Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Research identifies battery manufacturing can be established in WA

    8/07/2020 7:00 AM
    • Research identifies building a battery cathode manufacture in WA is feasible
    • WA produces 9 out of 10 mineral elements required to produce lithium-ion batteries
    • Global lithium-ion battery market projected to reach around $136 billion by 2030

    The State Government, through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, has produced a greater understanding of how Australia can transition into a major processing, manufacturing and trading hub for battery precursors.


    The report 'Li-ion battery cathode manufacture in Australia demonstrates that establishing a battery manufacturing facility in WA is technically and commercially feasible.


    WA has all the minerals needed to make batteries, including nickel, lithium and cobalt, and expertise in mineral processing.


    As identified in this report, and the WA Future Battery Industry Strategy, the next step to add value to Australia's supply chain is to move into cathode precursor and cathode active production.


    The report found that the Future Batteries Industry Cooperative Research Centre's (FBICRC) Cathode Precursor Pilot Plant can be built at CSIRO's Waterford facilities.  The pilot plant will provide critical technical knowledge of how to build an industrial scale plant in WA. 


    The report was commissioned by the FBICRC and undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology, with support from Hatch Engineering and Curtin University


    To view the report, visit https://fbicrc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Li-ion-Battery-Cathode-Manufacturing-in-Aust-1.pdf


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The report demonstrates that Western Australia has the potential to become a major processing, manufacturing and trading hub for battery materials.


    "This will help diversify the Western Australian economy, create jobs and place Australia at the forefront of the global battery revolution.


    "The McGowan Government's Future Battery Industry Strategy continues to WA's battery chain capability and invest in research to lead the nation's growth in the uptake of opportunities across the whole global battery value chain."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700