Lithium Australia has recently achieved a new milestone with the successful generation of lithium phosphate from waste materials, effectively producing a high-quality battery chemical which can be used to produce rechargeable batteries.
LIT has been working with ANSTO on the revolutionary process which removes impurities and other unwanted material from waste lithium phosphate, finishing up with a high purity product suitable for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. The technology is mainly associated with lithium batteries which consist of lithium iron phosphate chemistry and was been thoroughly tested as LIT’s VSPC cathode powder pilot plant in Brisbane.
Both Lithium Australia and ANSTRO are confident that products produced using lithium phosphate will have significant advantages as compared to the more conventional lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide.
Lithium Australia Managing Director, Adrian Griffin, said “The lithium phosphate refining process is cheap, effective and provides the means to produce high-purity materials with consistent quality.”
“When compared with other lithium chemicals, high-purity lithium phosphate is a winner when it comes to producing LFP batteries, providing two of the fundamental components for the generation of the cathode while simultaneously eliminating the requirement for lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide.”