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Bellevue Gold Increases Eponymous Gold Resource

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Bellevue Gold (ASX: BGL) has increased the total Resources at the company’s Bellevue gold project in Western Australia.

 

S2 Resources Identifies New Gold Trend in Finland

THE DRILL SERGEANT: S2 Resources (ASX: S2R) has identified a new gold mineralised trend to the east of the company’s 100 per cent-owned Aarnivalkea gold prospect in northern Finland.

Impact Minerals Enters Broken Hill Alliance MoU

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Impact Minerals (ASX: IPT) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Castillo Copper (ASX:CCZ) and Squadron Resources.

Lithium Australia Lithium Extraction Technology Patent Accepted

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has received a Notice of Acceptance from IP Australia for its LieNA® technology patent application.

 

Lithium Australia Lithium Extraction Technology Patent Accepted

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has received a Notice of Acceptance from IP Australia for its LieNA® technology patent application.

Lithium Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is researching and developing the LieNA technology for the recovery of lithium from spodumene, the most common hard-rock source of lithium for the production of critical battery chemicals.

While the recovery rate of lithium from conventional spodumene beneficiation varies, it can be as low as 50 per cent owing to the concentrate offtake specification constraints applied by thermal convertors.

The LieNA process does not require a roasting stage and is able to recover lithium from the fine spodumene that otherwise ends up as waste or tailings streams during current concentration processes.

Being able to rescue the fine spodumene that would otherwise go to waste, LieNA has the potential to not only expand current hard-rock lithium resources, thereby reducing mining costs, but also enhance the sustainability of spodumene production and subsequent manufacture of lithium chemicals.

Lithium Australia considers its receipt of the Notice of Acceptance from IP Australia for its LieNA patent application as vindication of the value of the company’s intellectual property.

Lithium Australia has also received notification from WIPO that its patent application for the second-generation LieNA process technology, which includes the enhancements achieved by recovering lithium phosphate, has been published.

“The ability to process fine spodumene that would otherwise never enter the supply chain represents a real opportunity,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Processing such material can reduce the environmental impact of hard-rock lithium mining and improve sustainability with no additional mining costs or footprint.

“Importantly, application of LieNA® could not only change the economics of spodumene production but also provide a means of producing lithium-ion batteries that includes fewer processing steps and better quality control.

“We appreciate the involvement of ANSTO, a leader in the field of lithium-extraction technologies.”

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com

Web: www.lithium-au.com

 

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Cassini Resources and OZ Minerals Deliver PFS for Low-Carbon, Long-Life, Low-Cost Mine

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: OZ Minerals (ASX: OZL) and Cassini Resources (ASX: CZI) finally delivered the long-awaited results of the West Musgrave, Nebo-Babel Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS).

Gold Road Releases 2020 Gruyere Guidance and Resource Upgrade

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Gold Road Resources (ASX: GOR) reported 2020 production guidance and a Resource upgrade for the Gruyere Joint Venture.

Lithium Australia Subsidiary Awarded Federal Battery Development Grant

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) 100 per cent-owned subsidiary VSPC is to participate in a federal government Co-operative Research Centres Projects (‘CRC-P’) program.

 

Lithium Australia Subsidiary Awarded Federal Battery Development Grant

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) 100 per cent-owned subsidiary VSPC is to participate in a federal government Co-operative Research Centres Projects (‘CRC-P’) program.

VSPC– together with CSIRO, University of Queensland (UQ) and Soluna – will receive a grant totalling $1.6 million for its participation in a $5 million CRC-P program to develop fast-charge lithium-ion batteries for use in new-generation trams.

Battery-powered trams eliminate the need for overhead power lines, which are expensive, visually polluting and potentially hazardous.

CSIRO has expertise in the design of Li-ion batteries as well as experience and intellectual property relating to fast-charge batteries for application in trams and other forms of transport, such as e-buses, ferries and military applications.

VSPC will partner with battery researchers at CSIRO’s Clayton site in Victoria to design, manufacture and test fast-charge Li-ion battery prototypes.

The UQ team at the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology – led by Professor Lianzhou Wang from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology – has extensive capabilities with respect to the analysis of advanced materials.

VSPC will work with the UQ team on both the characterisation and optimisation of VSPC’s battery materials.

Soluna, meanwhile, will advise on manufacturing and also lead commercialisation of the fast-charge battery products developed.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to combine VSPC’s battery-materials technology with some of the world’s leading research,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The aim is to deliver an Australian product that puts this country at the forefront of battery development … and there’s more to it than trams; successful application of what is currently at our fingertips will lead to myriad other fast-charge applications, many of them not yet thought of.”

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com

Web: www.lithium-au.com

 

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Azure Minerals Hits Impressive Gold Infilling Loma Bonita

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS) announced first assay results from mineral resource infill and extension drilling of the Loma Bonita gold-silver deposit, located at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Alacrán project in Sonora, Mexico.

Musgrave Minerals Commences Drilling on Lake Austin

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Musgrave Minerals (ASX: MGV) reported the commencement of aircore drilling on Lake Austin within the company’s Cue gold project in the Murchison district of Western Australia.

Magnetic Resources Hits High-Grade Gold Adjacent to Hawks Nest Feeder Zone

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Magnetic Resources (ASX: MAU) reported further results from a comprehensive 465 RC-hole program completed at the company’s Hawks Nest prospect, located near Laverton in Western Australia.

Lithium Australia Now 90% Owner of Battery Recycler Envirostream

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) announced that it has taken its stake in Envirostream to a 90 per cent ownership interest.

 

Lithium Australia Now 90% Owner of Battery Recycler Envirostream

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) announced that it has taken its stake in Envirostream to a 90 per cent ownership interest.

Envirostream is the only company in Australia with the integrated capacity to collect, sort, shred and separate all the components of spent lithium ion-batteries (LIBs), making it a perfect fit with Lithium Australia’s battery-metal-processing expertise.

Envirostream is an onshore mixed-battery recycling company that offers safe, sustainable and innovative management solutions for the disposal of LIBs, which is emerging as one of the biggest challenges facing the domestic waste industry.

The company has agreements with retailers and manufacturers regarding spent batteries and is looking to expand a collection network nationally with safe, reliable battery recycling units that are fully compliant with Australian standards.

The aim is to enable every Australian with reasonable access to drop-off points for spent batteries, in order to avoid them being relegated to kerbside collections and landfill.

“Envirostream offers a complete recycling solution for spent lithium-ion batteries, and in so doing is helping to safeguard the Australian environment by diverting toxic materials from landfill,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“With recycling yields exceeding 90 per cent by weight, our business is a major contributor to the sustainability of the battery industry.”

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com

Web: www.lithium-au.com

 

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Cassini Resources Discovers New Mineralised Prospect at Yarawindah

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Cassini Resources (ASX: CZI) has been encouraged by early drilling results from the company’s 80 per cent-owned Yarawindah Brook project located northeast of Perth near New Norcia in Western Australia.

Saturn Metals Drills Major Step Out Result at Apollo Hill

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Saturn Metals (ASX: STN) released results from a Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling campaign undertaken at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Apollo Hill gold project in Western Australia.

Lithium Australia Patent Applications Published by WIPO

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia has had two patent applications published by The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Impact Minerals Identifies Porphyry Copper-Gold Prospects

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Impact Minerals (ASX: IPT) has identified four undrilled priority prospects for porphyry copper-gold deposits at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Commonwealth project in the copper-gold Lachlan Fold Belt in New South Wales.

 

Lithium Australia Patent Applications Published by WIPO

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia has had two patent applications published by The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

The Lithium Australia patent applications are for the recovery of lithium phosphate from lithium-bearing silicates and solutions.

The company explained that publication is an important step towards obtaining a patent grant, which provides legal protection in international jurisdictions.

Production of lithium phosphate is a unit process common to Lithium Australia’s SiLeach® and LieNA® technologies, which potentially reduce the number of processing steps to produce battery cathode powders.

“The company has succeeded in developing technologies that improve the sustainability of, and reduce the environmental impacts associated with, the manufacture, use and disposal of lithium-ion batteries,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Importantly, these technologies can facilitate vertical integration within the battery supply chain, potentially reducing the number of process steps involved and lowering costs for consumers.

“The ability to integrate metal recovery from lithium-ion batteries and regenerate cathode materials represents a major advance for the battery industry as a whole.”

Lithium Australia has developed innovative processes for the recovery of lithium chemicals from lithium-bearing silicates and micas.

The company’s efforts have resulted in unit process enhancements that optimise the recovery of lithium from lowtenor solutions, while managing water-balance challenges, to produce lithium phosphate of a high quality.

The unit processes involved are the subject of the above-mentioned patent applications.

Lithium phosphate produced by way of the company’s proprietary processes meets the specification necessary for its use as feedstock in the production of lithium-ferrophosphate (LFP), a cathode precursor material in the manufacture of batteries for energy-storage system and transport applications.

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com

Web: www.lithium-au.com

 

Lithium Australia

THE CONFERENCE CALLER: Pyrometallurgical processing of spent Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) can efficiently recover nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese from LIBs, but not the lithium or graphite.

Research and development into the science by Western Australia-based battery recycling company, Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) recognised that a potential alternative to the downsides associated with pyrometallurgical processing is to take a hydrometallurgical approach.

LIBs enable us to cope with the technological demands of modern living, such as maintaining a charge on our mobile phones or computer-related devices, thus keeping us contacted with the rest of the world and our family members in the next room.

They are, presently, our greatest source of portable power yet are, ironically, creating an environmental nightmare.

On a global basis only around nine per cent of spent LIBs are recycled to keep them out of landfill and recover valuable metals.

In Australia, which is supposedly one of the recycling powerhouses, the recycling rate is embarrassing, some would say woeful, coming in at less than three per cent.

What this all means is that the world is missing out on a great opportunity – that being the large quantity of batteries discarded globally which actually represents a potentially significant resource.

Australia is a long way behind the countries that are presently leading the battery recycling wars.

Belgium, South Korea, China and Canada recycle the most batteries, with the metals they contain generally recovered by smelting – or as it is referred to by those in the know – pyrometallurgical processing.

Lithium Australia is developing a hydrometallurgical technique that recovers all metals, including lithium, from spent LIBs.

Lithium Australia has openly declared that its corporate intentions include shoring up an ethical and sustainable supply of energy metals to the battery industry, thus enhancing energy security in the process.

The company is eager to create a circular battery economy and has highlighted the recycling of old lithium-ion batteries to new, is intrinsic to this plan.

In October 2019, Lithium Australia announced it had increased its equity in Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd (EA) to 23.9 per cent.

Envirostream is the only company in Australia with the integrated capacity to collect, sort, shred and separate all the components of spent LIBs.

In December, Lithium Australia completed a JV for joint battery marketing operations with China-based battery and energy storage specialists the DLG Group (DLG).

The JV will trade as Soluna Australia Pty Ltd, and will sell lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and Soluna energy storage products into the rapidly expanding Australian renewables energy market.

Lithium Australia’s 100 per cent-owned subsidiary company, VSPC Ltd has developed advanced processes for manufacturing lithium-ferro-phosphate (LFP) cathode powders at its R&D and pilot plant facility in Brisbane, Queensland.

The cathode powders produced by VSPC possess simple nanotechnology that produces superior battery cathodes, provides control of composition and particle size in a precise manner and highly reliable quality control with low production costs.

VSPC Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company Ltd (SDL) to commercialise VSPC cathode material.

The terms of the MoU include the low-capital establishment of a supply chain for VSPC cathode material in China, and collaboration on a feasibility study for an international cathode material project, beyond China, using VSPC technology.

The MoU was agreed following technical review and discussions based on VSPC’s Lithium-Ferro-Phosphate (LFP) cathode product.

VSPC is a developer of advanced cathode materials that owns a patented process for the production of lithium-ion battery (LIB) cathode materials.

SDL’s experience lies in the design and manufacture of process equipment and extensive experience in the construction, commissioning and operation of chemical process plants, including those for the production of LIB cathode powders.

The market for LFP cathode material is anticipated to enjoy a strong run in the near future with analysts forecasting to grow strongly over the next decade.

In addition to core applications for ebus and stationary storage, heightened demand is expected through substitution (existing) and displacement (expanding) in applications that have traditionally been the domain of lead acid batteries.

This includes, but is not limited to, 12V and 48V applications for micro and mild hybrid powertrains, LSEV (low speed electric vehicles), datacentre UPS and 5G tower backup.

“We see partnering with SDL – which has a demonstrated track record in process development and high-tech process plant delivery – as a great opportunity,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said.

“VSPC’s MoU with SDL provides Lithium Australia with a low-capital pathway to the commercialisation of VSPC cathode powders, in order to meet targets set by our other partners in China.”

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com
Web: www.lithium-au.com
Directors: Adrian Griffin, Bryan Dixon, George Bauk

 

Lithium Australia Subsidiary Signs Cathode Technology MoU with Chinese Conglomerate

THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Lithium Australia’s (ASX: LIT) wholly-owned subsidiary company VSPC Ltd, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company Ltd (SDL) to commercialise VSPC cathode material.

The terms of the MoU include the low-capital establishment of a supply chain for VSPC cathode material in China, and collaboration on a feasibility study for an international cathode material project, beyond China, using VSPC technology.

The MoU was agreed following technical review and discussions based on VSPC’s Lithium-Ferro-Phosphate (LFP) cathode product.

VSPC is a developer of advanced cathode materials that owns a patented process for the production of lithium-ion battery (LIB) cathode materials.

SDL’s experience lies in the design and manufacture of process equipment and extensive experience in the construction, commissioning and operation of chemical process plants, including those for the production of LIB cathode powders.

The market for LFP cathode material is anticipated to enjoy a strong run in the near future with analysts forecasting to grow strongly over the next decade.

In addition to core applications for ebus and stationary storage, heightened demand is expected through substitution (existing) and displacement (expanding) in applications that have traditionally been the domain of lead acid batteries.

This includes, but is not limited to, 12V and 48V applications for micro and mild hybrid powertrains, LSEV (low speed electric vehicles), datacentre UPS and 5G tower backup.

“We see partnering with SDL – which has a demonstrated track record in process development and high-tech process plant delivery – as a great opportunity,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“VSPC’s MoU with SDL provides Lithium Australia with a low-capital pathway to the commercialisation of VSPC cathode powders, in order to meet targets set by our other partners in China.

“We look forward to working with SDL, with a specific focus on the anticipated growth of LFP cathode materials for transport and energy-storage applications.”

 

Email: info@lithium-au.com

Web: www.lithium-au.com