Technology Metals Australia achieves battery grade vanadium electrolyte production alongside vLYTE and LE Systems

Technology Metals Australia and LE System achieve battery-grade vanadium electrolyte production

Technology Metals Australia (ASX:TMT) through its 100%-owned subsidiary vLYTE reports its Japanese technology partner LE System has produced ‘high-quality’ and ‘battery grade’ vanadium electrolyte.

The company says the ‘high-quality’ vanadium electrolyte was achieved using ‘high-purity’ feedstock from its wholly owned Murchison Technology Metals Project (MTMP) in Western Australia, and has met specifications of ‘major’ global Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) manufacturers

Adding on, Technology Metals Australia notes initial performance testing has demonstrated ‘very positive’ results which compare favourably to commercially available vanadium electrolytes.

The fact that this maiden batch of electrolyte meets the strict specifications of VFRB manufacturers is a testament to the first-class orebody at the MTMP”

The manufacture and subsequent performance testing of the electrolyte was completed by LE System at its Tsukuba Technical Centre in Ibaraki, Japan, and was undertaken as part of a feasibility study being undertaken by Technology Metals Australia in order to progress its downstream vanadium electrolyte production capacity in Australia.

Speaking on the achievement, Technology Metals Australia Managing Director Ian Prentice says: “Production of high quality vanadium electrolyte from MTMP feedstock is a significant step in TMT’s strategic goal of becoming an integral participant in the VRFB supply chain.

The fact that this maiden batch of electrolyte meets the strict specifications of VFRB manufacturers is a testament to the first-class orebody at the MTMP and the industry leading status of our technology partner LE System.

TMT is looking forward to progressing its relationships with global VRFB manufacturers and moving towards electrolyte production to support the growing long duration energy storage market in Australia.”

The company also notes vLYTE is currently in discussions with global VRFB manufacturers regarding its vanadium electrolyte specifications and objectives for deployment of VRFB long duration stationary storage in Australia.

In addition, Technology Metals Australia’s goal is to supply ‘high-quality’ vanadium electrolyte in order to support the deployment of VRFBs in Australia, as well as ‘high purity’ feedstock from its MTMP to supply electrolyte production facilities across the globe.

Meanwhile, this achievement comes at a time in which there is growing support for VRFB installations globally, which is driven by the world’s need for long duration energy storage to achieve net zero targets.

With the production of ‘high-quality’ vanadium electrolyte now achieved, Technology Metals Australia announces it is undertaking further work on the manufacture of vanadium electrolyte in Australia, including testwork to optimise the processing pathway for electrolyte, considering of potential facility locations, and the generation of commercial vanadium electrolyte samples for global VRFB battery manufacturers.

It is reported the company is also proposing to develop a pilot plant for the production of vanadium electrolyte to demonstrate process viability and commercial samples for potential customers.

Technology Metals Australia is an advanced vanadium development company listed on the ASX that is focused on the exploration and development of its flagship MTMP located about 50km southeast of Meekatharra in the midwest region of Western Australia.

The company’s technology partner LE System represents a Japanese-based company established in 2011 that is a leading supplier of electrolytes to VRFB manufacturers. The technology company is reported to enjoy ‘strong’ relationships with the Japanese government and key Japanese enterprises.

Images: Technology Metals Australia Ltd
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