Cold war cobalt

A VERSION of a technology that helped keep Russia in the arms race through much of the Cold War has put an Australian cobalt hopeful in prime position to meet a ramp up in demand for the metal. Supply Side by Australia’s Mining Monthly editor Noel Dyson

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Called Clean-iX the technology is designed to precipitate cobalt and nickel from a pregnant leach solution as sulphates – just the sort of thing lithium-ion battery makers are looking for.