Lithium Australia powering up its refining

Lithium Australia has generated lithium iron phosphate (LFP) from waste materials using its SiLeach process which is now being used in the production of lithium ion batteries
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Lithium Australia’s technology comprises the SiLeach and LieNA lithium extraction processes

Its refining process was developed in conjunction with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The two together, Lithium Australia noted, is an elegant and simple means for removing impurities from lithium phosphate and creating a highly refined product.

The company, which confirmed in late November 2018 that it had produced LFP batteries from the lithium phosphate created in its SiLeach process, said that this time it was produced by processing mica.

"The lithium phosphate refining process was developed to ensure consistency of quality for the production of high performance LFP batteries," Lithium Australia said. The company added that the batteries' performance was tested at LIT's wholly owned VSPC cathode powder pilot plant in Brisbane, Australia.

The company now feels that the LFP products it is producing with lithium phosphate and refined with its jointly developed process will offer significant benefits over those made with conventional lithium carbonate or a lithium hydroxide precursor.

"The lithium phosphate refining process is cheap, effective and provides the means to produce high-purity materials with consistent quality," said managing director Adrian Griffin. "These properties are of paramount importance as we work with leading Chinese battery producer, DLG, to commercialise VSPC cathode powder."

He added: "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."