Queensland tech could lead laterite revolution

AUSTRALIAN developed technologies designed to allow extraction of nickel and cobalt from lower grade ores more cheaply and effectively than current methods are set to be trialed in a demonstration plant to possibly be built in Western Australia, which is agitating to take the lead in Australia’s battery materials space.

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Dr James Vaughan helped develop the new process.

Pure Battery Technologies is looking to raise between A$20-50 million to develop a 5000 tonne per annum plant, based around a patented acid leaching process developed at the University of Queensland to produce battery-ready nickel and cobalt products more easily, and at lower capital and operational expense.
 
PBT managing director Bjorn Zikarsky told MNN the size of the plant "just kept growing" and could end up being much larger than the facility being envisaged. 
 
"The size of the plant was smaller initially, and seems to be getting bigger almost by the day 
It will likely end up bigger based on opportunities we are seeing right now."
 
A key consideration for the locati...