Close-up photo of electric battery made with lithium, a critical mineral.

Critical minerals like lithium are essential for many clean-energy technologies, including batteries.

Thirteen projects will receive funding over the next 3 years, putting money towards activities like:

  • feasibility studies
  • engineering design work
  • building pilot or demonstration facilities.

Critical minerals are essential for many clean-energy technologies, including batteries and electric vehicles. These projects will:

  • grow Australia’s critical minerals industry
  • increase the diversity and sustainability of supply chains
  • help Australia transition to net zero emissions
  • create jobs and economic opportunities in regional communities.

The grants support Australia’s new Critical Minerals Strategy, which will be launched soon.

Successful projects

  • Australian Energy Storage Solutions Pty Ltd – $5.5 million for a pilot manufacturing plant for precursor cathode active material in Kwinana, Western Australia
  • Australian Strategic Materials Ltd – $6.5 million to help mine, separate, refine and produce critical minerals in Dubbo, New South Wales
  • IGO Ltd – $4.6 million to support its Integrated Battery Material Facility at Kwinana in Western Australia, which will produce high-value nickel-cobalt-manganese precursor cathode active material
  • Clareville Pty Limited – $2 million to test and scale up its novel flotation separation additive, which can recover more critical minerals without increasing carbon emissions or environmental impacts
  • Tungsten Metals Group Pty Ltd – $1.2 million to produce ferrotungsten powders used to manufacture aerospace, medical, energy and defence products
  • Magnium Australia Pty Ltd – $6.25 million to develop a magnesium refinery pilot plant in Collie, Western Australia and commercialise CSIRO technology that extracts magnesium metal cleanly
  • Queensland Pacific Metals Limited – $5 million to engineer and design the first phase of a full-scale refinery at its Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub
  • Ecograf Limited – $2.9 million towards a graphite qualification facility at Lucas Heights in New South Wales
  • International Graphite Limited – $4.7 million towards its mine-to-market battery graphite materials project in Western Australia
  • Evolution Mining Limited – $2.2 million to retrieve cobalt from mine waste at its Ernest Henry operation in Queensland
  • High Purity Quartz Ltd – $1.2 million for a pre-feasibility study to build solar PV grade quartz sand processing and silicon metal production facilities, in order to start making solar cells in Townsville, Queensland
  • Northern Minerals Limited – $5.9 million towards the Browns Range Heavy Rare Earths Project at Halls Creek, Western Australia
  • Tungsten Mining NL – $1 million for test work at its Mount Mulgine Tungsten Project in Western Australia

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