Australian government funds innovative battery project

Calix’s facilty. (Image courtesy of Calix).

Australia’s federal government announced that it is providing financial support to Calix’s (ASX:CLX) BATMn reactor, located in Victoria.

According to Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the all-electric, A$2.7-million reactor will open the door to a new frontier of advanced manufacturing and battery creation.

The idea behind the system is to produce recyclable electrode materials.

“Calix is a fantastic example of an advanced manufacturer using Australia’s abundant lithium reserves to create high-value products for domestic and international markets,” Andrews said in a media statement.

The reactor will fuel the work of the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) for Advanced Hybrid Batteries, as the latter will use electrode materials produced at the BATMn reactor to make high-performance, affordable and recyclable lithium-ion hybrid batteries.

CRC-P recently received A$3 million in funding, while Calix’s federal placement is of A$800,000.

Calix leads the CRC-P in collaboration with the Institute for Frontier Materials and BAT-TRI Hub at Deakin University, as well as chemicals manufacturer Boron Molecular.

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