#BHP #Nickel West central to WA’s battery manufacturing mission
Western Australia could soon become lithium-ion battery cathode manufacturer, according to a Department of Industry, Innovation and Science report.
Commissioned by the Future Batteries Industry Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC), the report proposes that a cathode precursor plant can be constructed at the CSIRO’s Waterford facilities in Western Australia, which includes the use of BHP Nickel West’s nickel sulphate pilot plant.
It is expected that the pilot plant will provide valuable information toward how to build industrial scale cathode precursor plants locally.
Western Australia produces nine out of 10 minerals that are needed for the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries, making the study vital to expanding the state’s economy as the world becomes more battery-focussed.