Proactiveinvestors Australia Lithium Australia NL https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au Proactiveinvestors Australia Lithium Australia NL RSS feed en Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:42:57 +1100 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Genera CMS action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia’s LieNA spodumene-to-lithium conversion process advancing at ANSTO ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/215000/lithium-australias-liena-spodumene-to-lithium-conversion-process-advancing-at-ansto-215000.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has highlighted the step change its wholly-owned LieNA process represents in spodumene refining as it improves resource utilisation and reagent regeneration potential.

The company confirmed today it believed LieNA research and development warranted further investment and it had begun the next stage of its evolution at an Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) facility.

BIG PICTURE: Lithium Australia progressing Sadisdorf lithium with SiLeach process

Lithium Australia developed the LieNA process to overcome the shortfalls of conventional conversion processes that recover lithium from spodumene.

Picking up on comments made at the 121 Mining Investment in South Africa, shared with the market on February 4, the company highlighted the LieNA process replaced thermal spodumene conversion with caustic-soda conversion at a lower temperature.

The lithium is then selectively leached and recovered as tri-lithium phosphate.

 

Lithium Australia’s LieNA process removes the need to use sodium sulphate production, has a smaller environmental footprint and uses less energy.

It also improves resource utilisation because it can process fine spodumene concentrates.

Reagents used in the process can also be regenerated.

READ: Lithium Australia identifies lepidolite-bearing pegmatites at Youanmi project

Preliminary R&D work on the LieNA process at the ANSTO facility was supported by a conceptual engineering assessment of the applicability of the LieNA flow sheet to spodumene feed material.

Lithium Australia reported this morning: “The outcomes of this indicated that further development of the process was warranted.”

The next stage of efforts already begun at the ANSTO facility include final product synthesis, refining and the recycling of reagents.

The company wrote: “The aim of this work effort, which is scheduled to continue throughout 2019, is to confirm sufficient technical criteria to commit to a pilot plant program.”

VSPC and Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin will give a cathcode production market outlook address Roskill’s Lithium Mine to Market Australia 2019 event From Lithium Processing to Battery Production at 11am tomorrow on the final day of the February 21-22 event at Parmelia Hilton Perth Hotel.

 

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:00:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/215000/lithium-australias-liena-spodumene-to-lithium-conversion-process-advancing-at-ansto-215000.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia progressing Sadisdorf lithium with SiLeach process ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214916/lithium-australia-progressing-sadisdorf-lithium-with-sileach-process-214916.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) specialises in disruptive extraction technology development and lithium portfolio acquisition. It is run by Adrian Griffin, a geologist and metallurgist with 42 years experience in the mining industry who has led and chaired companies over the past 33 years.

What does Lithium Australia own?

The key disruptive technology is the SiLeach process, with products produced from the process expected to have an influence the economic potential of the company’s Sadisdorf project in Germany.

Lithium Australia has holdings in lithium provinces around the globe, including Western Australia, North America and a second project in Germany.

The company also wholly owns Brisbane cathode powder plant operator VSPC Ltd.

It hopes to “close the loop” on the energy-metal cycle by having business operations in all parts of the cycle.

Last week the company committed to investing further funds into its work to commercialise operations at the Sadisdorf Lithium-Tin Project in Saxony

Sadisdorf consists is about 20 kilometres south of the state capital of Dresden and €750,000 ($1.2 million) on exploration activity has already been spent at the project.

Lithium Australia can wholly acquire the project which is a joint venture withseller  Tin International AG.

The Sadisdorf sales contract also comes with a nearby exploration licence known as Hegelshöhe.

Lithium Australia has produced lithium from unconventional sources such as mine waste with its SiLeach metallurgical process route.

It hopes to produce price-competitive cathode powders for lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

Lithium Australia believes its successful test results from the SiLeach process warrant a further tip-in of funds and will hold a technical workshop in Germany next month.

Lithium Australia had $11 million cash at the end of the December quarter and expects $3.6 million of cash outflows in the March quarter.

It has budgeted $567,000 for exploration and evaluation and $1.9 million for development.

Inflection points

Further SiLeach metallurgical process route demonstrations of use on unconventional sources

Exploration successes in Germany and further afield to demonstrate resources held in unconventional sources or in ground

Uptake of the SiLeach process by competitors or the wider industry

Milestone achievements of company’s 100%-owned subsidiary, Brisbane cathode powder plant operator VSPC Ltd

Investor buy-in to Lithium Australia’s registry

Managing director Adrian Griffin confident of the potential at Sadisdorf

“Sadisdorf presents a significant opportunity to advance an unconventional lithium resource to the status of a strategic asset,” Lithium Australia Managing director Adrian Griffin said last Thursday.

“The plan is to downstream-process via our proprietary VSPC technology to produce cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

“Lithium Australia is the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries from the types of material available at Sadisdorf, and we look forward to advancing this operation to commercialisation.”

VSPC and Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin will give a cathcode production market outlook address Roskill’s Lithium Mine to Market Australia 2019 event From Lithium Processing to Battery Production at 11am this Friday on the second day of the February 21-22 event at Parmelia Hilton Perth Hotel.

 

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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:30:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214916/lithium-australia-progressing-sadisdorf-lithium-with-sileach-process-214916.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia identifies lepidolite-bearing pegmatites at Youanmi project ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214774/lithium-australia-identifies-lepidolite-bearing-pegmatites-at-youanmi-project-214774.html Lithium Australia NL’s (ASX:LIT) field reconnaissance and detailed mapping at the Youanmi project have confirmed the presence of lepidolite-bearing pegmatites at surface over a strike length of 2.5 kilometres.

The pegmatites occur as clusters, with individual pegmatite outcrops up to 400 metres long and 50 metres wide on surface.

Since much of the area surrounding the known pegmatite locations is covered by sheetwash, it is likely that the occurrence of lithium pegmatites is far more extensive than the few outcrops currently mapped.

Mapped Youanmi pegmatites

Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The widespread occurrence of lepidolite in a location of outstanding infrastructure augurs well for the future of the Youanmi project.

“Anomalous caesium may also be indicative of further potential this pegmatite suite may have, caesium being in short supply globally, and resource inventories at historically low levels.

“We are planning on drilling both the lithium and vanadium occurrences in the near future.”

READ: Lithium Australia completes aerial survey at Youanmi

Information acquired during Lithium Australia's recently completed high-resolution aerial geophysical survey will be used, in conjunction with the detailed mapping and previous geochemical results, to define drill targets for lithium mineralisation.

 

Lithium Australia has committed to further investing funds into its work of commercialising operations at the Sadisdorf Lithium-Tin Project in Germany and ultimately producing cathode powders for lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

This commitment comes after the company has produced lithium from unconventional sources, including mine waste, using its SiLeach® metallurgical process route.

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:40:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214774/lithium-australia-identifies-lepidolite-bearing-pegmatites-at-youanmi-project-214774.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia progressing German Sadisdorf project at strategically opportune time ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12243/lithium-australia-progressing-german-sadisdorf-project-at-strategically-opportune-time-12243.html Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:34:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/12243/lithium-australia-progressing-german-sadisdorf-project-at-strategically-opportune-time-12243.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia commits to advancing unique European battery metals strategy ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214607/lithium-australia-commits-to-advancing-unique-european-battery-metals-strategy-214607.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has committed to further investing funds into its work of commercialising operations at the Sadisdorf Lithium-Tin Project in Germany and ultimately producing cathode powders for lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

This commitment comes after the company has produced lithium from unconventional sources, including mine waste, using its SiLeach® metallurgical process route.

The company believes the test results warrant further investment of funds, with a preliminary feasibility study approved for implementation.

READ: Lithium Australia generates lithium-iron-phosphate from waste mica in world-first breakthrough

Formal study planning activities will begin next month with a technical workshop in Germany.

Attending will be participants from Lithium Australia, its subsidiaries Trilithium Erzgebirge GmbH and VSPC, and CSA Global.

Managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Sadisdorf presents a significant opportunity to advance an unconventional lithium resource to the status of a strategic asset.

“The plan is to downstream-process via our proprietary VSPC technology to produce cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

“This has the potential to provide energy security within the European renewables sector.

“Lithium Australia is the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries from the types of material available at Sadisdorf, and we look forward to advancing this operation to commercialisation.”

The company’s use of mine waste to produce lithium-ion batteries formed the basis of a recently completed processing evaluation for the Sadisdorf project in Saxony, near the Czech Republic border.

Location of Sadisdorf project in eastern Germany.

That evaluation contemplated the production of high-performance cathode powders from mica recovered from tin-mining operations at the project.

Evaluation is ongoing

The processes required have been extensively pilot-tested and market evaluation of the types of cathode powders produced is ongoing in China and Japan.

READ: Lithium Australia shares rise on producing li-ion batteries from mine waste

Lithium Australia is of the opinion that situating a SiLeach® plant at Sadisdorf will enable it to combine low capital intensity with high margins to reduce the European battery industry's reliance on imported lithium-ion battery components.

The plant would treat locally available micas and convert the lithium chemicals produced to cathode powders, as has been previously demonstrated at pilot scale.

Hydrometallurgical circuit based on SiLeach®.

Lithium Australia, through subsidiary Trilithium Erzgebirge GmbH, has a 100% beneficial interest in the Sadisdorf project, which is on care and maintenance.

Project in strategic location

Historically Sadisdorf was a tin-mining enterprise, the tin veins occurring within a 'greisen' with the pervasive alteration within the granite consisting of lithium micas.

The project is close to Deutsche Lithium’s Zinnwald deposit and European Metals Holdings Ltd’s (LON:EMH) Cinovec deposit.

This location is significant in terms of its proximity to the rapidly expanding European electric vehicle and battery industries.

Sadisdorf contains an inferred resource of 25 million tonnes at 0.45% Li2O and results from a diamond drilling campaign last year suggest the potential for a future resource upgrade.

Drill-hole section showing results.

In addition to lithium and tin, significant tungsten mineralisation was encountered in parts of the inner alteration zone.

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:48:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214607/lithium-australia-commits-to-advancing-unique-european-battery-metals-strategy-214607.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia completes aerial survey at Youanmi ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214493/lithium-australia-completes-aerial-survey-at-youanmi-214493.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has completed high-resolution aeromagnetics and radiometrics at its Youanmi Lithium Vanadium Project in Western Australia.

Modelling of the data will be completed within the next two weeks, which will be used in conjunction with surface mapping to define drill targets for both lithium and vanadium mineralisation.

In particular, the magnetics will indicate the positions of likely extensions of the vanadium resource established by Venus Metals Ltd (ASX:VMC).

READ: Lithium Australia finalises option over Youanmi Lithium Project

The project consists of three exploration licences.

These host abundant lithium pegmatites intruding layered mafic rocks that also host vanadium-rich magnetite horizons.

Notably, Venus Metals identified a JORC resource of 110.6 million tonnes at 0.30% vanadium pentoxide over a strike length of about 3.5 kilometres.

Existing open-file magnetics suggest a similar strike extent of favourable horizons within Lithium Australia’s ground.

Closing the loophole of lithium supply

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:57:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/214493/lithium-australia-completes-aerial-survey-at-youanmi-214493.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia completes lithium exploration program at Medcalf ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213934/lithium-australia-completes-lithium-exploration-program-at-medcalf-213934.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has completed a mapping and sampling program at its Medcalf Prospect within the Lake Johnston Project in Western Australia.

Medcalf lies within the Yilgarn Craton, which hosts major lithium deposits including Earl Grey, Mt Marion and Mt Cattlin.

Lithium Australia first identified lithium pegmatite swarms at Medcalf in 2018.

Notably, the company’s Medcalf and Mt Day prospects present similar geological features to the aforementioned lithium deposits.

READ: Lithium Australia finalises option over Youanmi Lithium Project

The completed January 2019 exploration program included field mapping, rock-chip sampling, and geochemical soil sampling.

Assay results from the samples which have been sent to a Perth-based lab are expected in March 2019.

Rock chip samples from previous exploration in early 2018 produced grades ranging from 3.07% lithium oxide to 4.78% lithium oxide.

Lithium Australia has four business divisions in line with its strategy to be a vertically integrated player in the clean energy sector.

Raw materials represents the company’s portfolio of exploration and resource projects.

Lithium chemicals represents SiLeach® and LieNA®, two low-energy processes to recover lithium from silicates developed by the company.

Battery materials refers to the company’s 100%-owned subsidiary VSPC Limited, which has produced some of the most advanced cathode powders known at its pilot plant in Brisbane.

Recycling refers to efforts aimed at developing a flow sheet for the recovery of all metals from used lithium-ion and alkaline batteries.

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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:13:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/213934/lithium-australia-completes-lithium-exploration-program-at-medcalf-213934.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia's MD reviews progress throughout the supply chain in 2018 ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11656/lithium-australia-s-md-reviews-progress-throughout-the-supply-chain-in-2018-11656.html Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:18:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11656/lithium-australia-s-md-reviews-progress-throughout-the-supply-chain-in-2018-11656.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia finalises option over Youanmi Lithium Project ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210908/lithium-australia-finalises-option-over-youanmi-lithium-project-210908.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT)  has expanded its extensive holdings in Western Australia by completing formalities on an option over the Youanmi Lithium Project.

The early-stage project consists of three exploration licences and is host to abundant lithium pegmatites that intrude layered mafic rocks.

Initial exploration work at the project has included prospecting, a review of past work, geological inspections, mapping, rock-chip sampling, and topographic surveying.

Work to date reveals lithium-bearing pegmatites

Work has revealed occurrences of lithium-bearing pegmatites over a strike length of almost three kilometres and a width of at least 200 metres.

Rock sampling has confirmed both the presence of potentially economic lithium values (up to 4.2% lithium oxide) and anomalous tantalum values.

So far, the lithium mineral in the pegmatites inspected is lepidolite.

Regional zoning patterns in pegmatites elsewhere suggest that spodumene may also occur there.

Potential for pegmatites to be hidden under the surface cover

Most of the area around the known pegmatite locations is covered by sheetwash and it is likely that the lithium pegmatites are far more extensive than those few outcrops.

An unexplained magnetic low beneath the main area of pegmatite dykes suggests the possibility of a larger pegmatite mass beneath.

READ: Lithium Australia generates lithium-iron-phosphate from waste mica in world-first breakthrough

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Recent advances in our battery technology demonstrate that materials such as lepidolite, which is abundant at Youanmi, can be processed to produce viable precursors for lithium-ion batteries.

“We've not only proved the theory but made the batteries – and done so without needing to use lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide. We're committed to the integration of these advanced battery technologies, to improve the sustainability of the energy storage industry as a whole.”

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:22:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210908/lithium-australia-finalises-option-over-youanmi-lithium-project-210908.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia revising Sadisdorf scoping study following processing 'breakthrough' ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11387/lithium-australia-revising-sadisdorf-scoping-study-following-processing-breakthrough--11387.html Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:32:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11387/lithium-australia-revising-sadisdorf-scoping-study-following-processing-breakthrough--11387.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia generates lithium-iron-phosphate from waste mica in world-first breakthrough ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210259/lithium-australia-generates-lithium-iron-phosphate-from-waste-mica-in-world-first-breakthrough-210259.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has made a world-first breakthrough by generating lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) material from waste mica utilising its SiLeach® process.

The process improvements influence the economic potential of LIT’s Sadisdorf Lithium-Tin Project in eastern Germany, enhancing the company’s European battery prospects.

READ: Lithium Australia shares rise on producing li-ion batteries from mine waste

LIT continues to demonstrate that lithium-ion batteries (LIB) can be manufactured from products of its SiLeach® process.

The process is being designed to recover lithium chemicals from lithium concentrates without roasting.

Significantly, the chemical produced, tri-lithium phosphate (Li3PO4), can be used for direct production of LIB cathode powders, in particular those used to manufacture LFP LIBs.

This is done without having to produce high-purity lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate, the production of which is often considered one of the most challenging steps in the battery manufacturing process.

Feed used for LIT’s generation-2 SiLeach® pilot plant comprised lithium micas recovered from mine waste in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia.

Those micas had similar metallurgical properties to the micas within the company’s wholly-owned Sadisdorf project.

READ: Lithium Australia achieves significant lithium recovery from SiLeach pilot-plant

The breakthrough achieved by generating cathode powders direct from tri-lithium phosphate not only has potential to boost the potential of Sadisdorf but also similar occurrences elsewhere in Europe.

The application of LIT’s proprietary technologies to generate LFP cathode materials from mica feed will be incorporated into scoping studies being undertaken on Sadisdorf.

Lithium Australia aspires to ‘close the loop’ on the energy-metal cycle in an ethical and sustainable manner.

It has amassed a portfolio of projects and alliances and developed innovative extraction processes to convert all lithium silicates, including mine waste, to lithium chemicals.

From these, the company plans to produce advanced components for the lithium-ion battery industry. The final step involves recycling spent batteries and e-waste.

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Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:39:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/210259/lithium-australia-generates-lithium-iron-phosphate-from-waste-mica-in-world-first-breakthrough-210259.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia shares rise on producing li-ion batteries from mine waste ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209724/lithium-australia-shares-rise-on-producing-li-ion-batteries-from-mine-waste-209724.html Lithium Australia NL’s (ASX:LIT) fully-owned subsidiary, VSPC Ltd, has successfully produced lithium-ion batteries (LIB) from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste using LIT’s SiLeach process.

READ: Lithium Australia achieves significant lithium recovery from SiLeach pilot-plant

This ground-breaking process removes the requirement for generation of high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate which has long been one of the most cost-intensive and challenging steps in the manufacture of LIBs.

The tri-lithium phosphate was converted to lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode material at VSPC’s advanced electrochemical laboratory and pilot plant facility in Brisbane, Queensland.

The proprietary processes used to generate the LFP nanoparticles is covered by patents granted to VSPC.

LIBs were produced and tested under a range of charge and discharge conditions and the cells achieved equivalent performance to VSPC’s advanced cathode powders which use lithium carbonate as the manufacturing feed.

Importantly, battery performance compares very favourably against cells using standard VSPC cathode material produced with industry standard lithium carbonate.

 

The demonstrated ability to bypass lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide as battery precursors provide the potential to significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing batteries.

Moreover, the use of mine waste in the battery production cycle can provide greater sustainability to global lithium resources.

LIT is also developing the process for the direct production of cathode powders from lithium brines, to not only eliminate the requirement to produce high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate but also to reduce the requirement for evaporation ponds.

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Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:21:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209724/lithium-australia-shares-rise-on-producing-li-ion-batteries-from-mine-waste-209724.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia encouraged by lithium recovery rates from SiLeach pilot-plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11290/lithium-australia-encouraged-by-lithium-recovery-rates-from-sileach-pilot-plant-11290.html Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:16:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11290/lithium-australia-encouraged-by-lithium-recovery-rates-from-sileach-pilot-plant-11290.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia achieves significant lithium recovery from SiLeach pilot-plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209643/lithium-australia-achieves-significant-lithium-recovery-from-sileach-pilot-plant-209643.html Lithium Australia (ASX:LIT) has achieved a lithium recovery of +90% using its SiLeach process at the ANSTO Minerals pilot plant in New South Wales.

Final reporting and data analysis by ANSTO supports overall recovery to a product containing 90% to 95% tri-lithium phosphate (Li3PO4).

Unlike thermal conversion processes, SiLeach is not limited by ore feed size or the inclusion of impurities.

For LIT, such an outstanding overall recovery result underscores the potential of the process to significantly improve resource utilisation via the treatment of finer ore feeds.

 

The promising results were in line with expectations and, in fact, there remains significant room for improvement, with the inclusion of several up-stream changes to impurity removal and modification of final lithium phosphate precipitation unit processes.

Further optimisation of impurity removal and/or refining options for tri-lithium phosphate are in development and will be included in the extended duration third-generation pilot-plant campaigns for SiLeach planned for 2019.

A sample of the tri-lithium phosphate produced during the gen-2 pilot-plant campaign is now being tested at LIT’s 100%-owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd.

Currently, VSPC is commercialising efficient, cost-effective process technology for the manufacture of high-performance battery cathode materials.

READ: Lithium Australia to develop advanced silicon anodes for lithium-ion batteries

The VSPC program includes the production and testing of lithium-ion batteries made from this material.

If VSPC's tests on the SiLeach-produced tri-lithium phosphate prove positive, LIT can bypass the lithium hydroxide/carbonate route for producing battery precursors that is dictated by conventional lithium processing methods.

READ: Lithium Australia secures option over further lithium prospective acreage in WA

LIT Managing Director Adrian Griffin said: “We are extremely pleased with the SiLeach outcomes and process development work being conducted at ANTSO.

“Such positive results bolster our intent to move forward with a large-scale pilot plant for SiLeach and recover and convert contaminated mine wastes into lithium chemicals.

“It's all part of our plan to develop a vertically integrated lithium production business, by providing sustainable technologies to the battery industry.

“These results clearly demonstrate the potential to achieve greater utilization of existing resources and reduce the environmental pressure created by the increased demand for energy metals."

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:40:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209643/lithium-australia-achieves-significant-lithium-recovery-from-sileach-pilot-plant-209643.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia to develop advanced silicon anodes for lithium-ion batteries ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209144/lithium-australia-to-develop-advanced-silicon-anodes-for-lithium-ion-batteries-209144.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has agreed in principle to partner with a battery researcher to develop advanced anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).

The agreement, which remains subject to completion of formalities, will also give Lithium Australia access to superior battery management systems.

Importantly, the new technology package has the potential to significantly increase LIB performance.

Lithium Australia is planning to establish facilities for the development of graphite/silicon anodes, and in so doing make full use of its subsidiary VSPC Ltd’s plant at Wacol in Brisbane.

 

The new agreement involves the implementation of a four-stage development and commercialisation program.

Previously tested prototypes of the advanced anode materials indicate the potential to significantly increase the energy density of LIBs.

While the use of silicon to improve battery performance is not new, introducing it into the anode in the quantity needed to obtain the desired improvement in performance while maintaining reliability and longevity has so far proved problematic.

READ: Lithium Australia to complete third share component of VSPC acquisition

The first stage of the development program will commence immediately with the establishment of laboratory and testing facilities in Queensland.

Operations will commence under the terms of a memorandum of understanding. Full details will be released after the execution of binding documents.

READ: Lithium Australia secures option over further lithium prospective acreage in WA

Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The development of advanced anode materials is an opportunity to significantly increase battery performance, with subsequent environmental benefits.

“This new arrangement – the perfect adjunct to our existing cathode technology – will target higher-performance products with a more sustainable production profile.

“Successful implementation of higher-capacity anodes and better battery management systems will result in improved LIB performance. We plan to be a leader in delivering that outcome.”

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:30:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/209144/lithium-australia-to-develop-advanced-silicon-anodes-for-lithium-ion-batteries-209144.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia adding to its circular economy with new anode material program ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11193/lithium-australia-adding-to-its-circular-economy-with-new-anode-material-program-11193.html Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:15:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/11193/lithium-australia-adding-to-its-circular-economy-with-new-anode-material-program-11193.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia to complete third share component of VSPC acquisition ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/208962/lithium-australia-to-complete-third-share-component-of-vspc-acquisition-208962.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) will complete the penultimate 25% portion of its acquisition of VSPC Ltd, formerly Very Small Particle Company Limited, later this month.

This will occur after the third parcel of more than 15 million fully paid ordinary shares held under voluntary escrow trading restrictions is released, which is expected to occur on November 24.

The balance of the VSPC acquisition will be released in a final tranche in three months from now.

Lithium Australia aspires to ‘close the loop’ on the energy-metal cycle in an ethical and sustainable manner.

To that end, it has amassed a portfolio of projects and alliances and developed innovative extraction processes to convert all lithium silicates to lithium chemicals.

READ: Lithium Australia secures option over further lithium prospective acreage in WA

From these, the company plans to produce advanced components for the lithium-ion battery industry.

The final step for Lithium Australia involves recycling of spent batteries and e-waste.

By uniting resources and the best available technology, Lithium Australia seeks to establish a vertically integrated lithium processing business.

READ: Lithium Australia cathode powder plant to produce samples for China battery makers

The company’s subsidiary VSPC forms part of this strategy with its Brisbane plant that produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode powder for use in the production of lithium-ion batteries.

This plant, which is Australia’s only cathode powder pilot plant and battery-testing facility, was recently recommissioned.

At the time, Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “We are convinced that VSPC’s elegant solution to increasing lithium-ion battery efficiency is the best available for production of LFP cathode powders.

“The technology also has applications in catalyst and medical fields. Independent tests have already shown that VSPC cathode powders out-perform industry benchmarks – a compelling reason for cell makers to use VSPC material.”

SiLeach® processing trials

Lithium Australia is also undertaking stage II processing trials of its SiLeach® technology at a facility in Sydney, NSW.

The objective is to use the processing technology to convert mine waste into lithium-ion batteries, which would be a world first.

Processing trials are being undertaken at the ANSTO facility in NSW.

READ: Lithium Australia begins trade-off studies for large-scale lithium processing pilot plant

Trade-off studies are underway to resize the company’s proposed large-scale pilot plant (LSPP) with an objective of reducing capital costs.

Despite the additional engineering requirements of resizing the LSPP, Lithium Australia remains confident that the studies required for commitment to construction of the plant will be complete this quarter as the plans are well advanced.

The company is also reassessing the pilot plant location to optimise technical and financial benefits.

This process will take into account the principal financial considerations together with intangibles such as the ability to manage research & development in offshore jurisdictions.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:19:00 +1100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/208962/lithium-australia-to-complete-third-share-component-of-vspc-acquisition-208962.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia secures option over further lithium prospective acreage in WA ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/206139/lithium-australia-secures-option-over-further-lithium-prospective-acreage-in-wa-206139.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) is adding to its extensive lithium holdings in Western Australia after taking an option over the Youanmi Lithium Project, which hosts abundant pegmatites.

These lithium pegmatites intrude layered mafic rocks, which also host vanadium-rich magnetite horizons.

Three exploration licences in the prospective Youanmi region have been secured by completing a binding heads of agreement with private exploration company, Diversity Resources Pty Ltd.

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said, “The Youanmi Lithium Project has many of the attributes of WA’s other emerging lithium centres.”

The project is within the Archean Yilgarn Block, about 450 kilometres northeast of Perth.

Lithium potential “largely ignored”

Griffin said the area had been a focus of past multi-metal exploration but the lithium potential had largely been ignored.

However, “there has been a significant amount of drilling of the vanadium horizons”.

The three exploration licences in the Youanmi region of WA’s Mid-West.

Youanmi is at an early exploration stage and initial work has included prospecting, review of past work, geological inspections, geological mapping, rock chip sampling and minor orientation geochemistry.

Other work carried out includes digital terrain modelling, acquisition and interpretation of publicly available aeromagnetic and radiometric images, GPS topographic surveying, CAD drafting and database creation.

READ: Lithium Australia cathode powder plant to produce samples for China battery makers

This work has revealed occurrences of lithium-bearing pegmatites over a strike length of almost 3-kilometres and a width of at least 200 metres.

Rock sampling has confirmed the presence of potentially economic lithium values of up to 4.2% Li2O and also anomalous tantalum values.

Spodumene may also occur

The lithium mineral in the pegmatites inspected so far is lepidolite while regional zoning patterns in pegmatites elsewhere suggest the possibility that spodumene could also occur in the area.

Most of the area around the known pegmatite locations is covered by sheetwash and it is likely that lithium pegmatites are far more extensive than the few outcrops currently known.

An unexplained magnetic low beneath the main area of pegmatite dykes suggests the possibility of a larger pegmatite mass beneath.

READ: Lithium Australia begins trade-off studies for large-scale lithium processing pilot plant

Griffin said that the lithium mineralisation style was ideally suited to the company’s SiLeach® processing and “may be a feed source for Lithium Australia’s Generation 3 pilot plant”.

Agreement terms

The agreement involves the company securing an option to purchase 100% of the project for consideration of:

- An option to acquire all of Diversity Resources Pty Ltd rights, interests and title in and to Exploration Licences 57/978 and 57/1049 and 57/1056 for $100,000 for an initial 6-month option, non-refundable; - $100,000 for an extension to the option period to 12 months, non-refundable; - $3.1 million scrip exercise; and - Surviving gross production royalty of 2%, or $1 per ton of material mined and processed, whichever is greater.

The parties will work towards completion of a formal agreement within 30 days.

Lithium Australia aspires to 'close the loop' on the energy-metal cycle.

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Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:20:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/206139/lithium-australia-secures-option-over-further-lithium-prospective-acreage-in-wa-206139.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia to 'close the loop' on battery materials with complements to SiLeach® process ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10615/lithium-australia-to-close-the-loop-on-battery-materials-with-complements-to-sileach-process-10615.html Thu, 27 Sep 2018 09:00:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10615/lithium-australia-to-close-the-loop-on-battery-materials-with-complements-to-sileach-process-10615.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia begins trade-off studies for large-scale lithium processing pilot plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205485/lithium-australia-begins-trade-off-studies-for-large-scale-lithium-processing-pilot-plant-205485.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has commenced trade-off studies to resize its proposed large-scale pilot plant (LSPP) with an objective of reducing capital costs.

Despite the additional engineering requirements of resizing the LSPP, LIT remains confident that the studies required for commitment to construction of the plant will be complete in the coming quarter as these plans are well advanced.

Plant location

LIT is also reassessing the pilot plant location to optimise technical and financial benefits.

The changing policies of the Australian federal government, with respect to support for research and development, have had a significant impact on the company’s plans.

Unfortunately, the Australian jurisdiction is becoming less favourable when compared with many other locations.

The location of the LSPP will take into account the principal financial considerations together with intangibles such as the ability to manage research & development in offshore jurisdictions.

Capital requirement

The planned reduction of capital exposure has placed LIT in a position within which the Arena Investors convertible note facility is presently not the optimal funding mechanism for its immediate requirements.

Consequently, the facility has been terminated in its current form.

The company is continuing to evaluate the most effective financing options to complement its strategic agenda.

READ: Lithium Australia SiLeach® pilot plant trials successfully produce lithium

LIT Managing Director Adrian Griffin said: “Changing our pilot plant strategy and reducing capital exposure is in the interests of all shareholders.

“The support of Arena has been very important to our strategy and it is unfortunate that changes in government policy have had such an impact on our research and development plans.

“We thank Arena for its support and look forward to engaging with it as a key investor in any future relationship.

“Lithium Australia will locate its R&D activities in a jurisdiction that will provide the greatest practical benefits to its shareholders.”

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Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:36:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/205485/lithium-australia-begins-trade-off-studies-for-large-scale-lithium-processing-pilot-plant-205485.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia 'will have lithium cathode material ready for testing within 2 weeks' ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10458/lithium-australia-will-have-lithium-cathode-material-ready-for-testing-within-2-weeks--10458.html Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:11:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10458/lithium-australia-will-have-lithium-cathode-material-ready-for-testing-within-2-weeks--10458.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia cathode powder plant to produce samples for China battery makers ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204779/lithium-australia-cathode-powder-plant-to-produce-samples-for-china-battery-makers-204779.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has completed a number of production runs of its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode powder pilot-plant based in Brisbane, Queensland.

Samples will now be produced for lithium-ion battery-cell makers in China over the coming fortnight.

With in-house testing having confirmed the high capacity LFP cathode material, Lithium Australia will seek confirmation of that performance from prospective customers.

The now commissioned facility was officially opened on 6 September by Ian Macfarlane, chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council.

READ: Lithium Australia recommissioning the country’s only cathode powder pilot plant

Lithium Australia’s Adrian Griffin said: “We are convinced that VSPC’s elegant solution to increasing lithium-ion battery efficiency is the best available for the production of LFP cathode powders.

“The technology also has applications in catalyst and medical fields. Independent tests have already shown that VSPC cathode powders out-perform industry benchmarks – a compelling reason for cell makers to use VSPC material.”

READ: Lithium Australia SiLeach® pilot plant trials successfully produce lithium

Elsewhere, the company recently commenced stage II SiLeach® processing trials at a facility in Sydney, New South Wales.

The objective is to use the processing technology to convert mine waste into lithium-ion batteries, which would be a world first.

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Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:46:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204779/lithium-australia-cathode-powder-plant-to-produce-samples-for-china-battery-makers-204779.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia SiLeach® pilot plant trials successfully produce lithium ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204681/lithium-australia-sileach-pilot-plant-trials-successfully-produce-lithium-204681.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has recently commenced stage II SiLeach® processing trials after stage I work successfully generated lithium solutions from mine waste.

Stage II work has used the SiLeach process to separate and remove calcium and fluorine impurities from the stage I lithium solutions.

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The success of the new pilot plant facility at ANSTO augurs well for our scale-up aspirations.

“It's encouraging to note the relative ease with which we've achieved targets to date, particularly in view of the feed material used – in this case, contaminated mine waste from the Kalgoorlie region.

SiLeach could have multiple applications

“SiLeach is ideal for recovering lithium from such materials.

“We're also enthusiastic about other applications for some of these process steps; in particular, the recovery of lithium from brine, which currently involves lengthy solar evaporation and is subject to the vagaries of the weather.”

READ: Lithium Australia receives German approval for Sadisdorf licence transfer

Lithium Australia’s recently acquired 100% owned Sadisdorf Lithium Tin Project in Germany is an example of a company asset where the SiLeach process has substantial value-add potential.

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:37:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204681/lithium-australia-sileach-pilot-plant-trials-successfully-produce-lithium-204681.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Stage II testing of Lithium Australia's SiLeach® process successfully underway ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10434/stage-ii-testing-of-lithium-australia-s-sileach-process-successfully-underway-10434.html Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:30:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/10434/stage-ii-testing-of-lithium-australia-s-sileach-process-successfully-underway-10434.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia receives German approval for Sadisdorf licence transfer ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204576/lithium-australia-receives-german-approval-for-sadisdorf-licence-transfer-204576.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has received necessary approval from German state authorities for the transfer of licences for the Sadisdorf Lithium Tin Project in Saxony, Germany.

In June 2018, Lithium Australia entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Sadisdorf.

The conditions precedent for the acquisition have been completed and Lithium Australia is now the sole owner of the Sadisdorf lithium resource and the Hegelshöhe exploration licence.

Lithium Australia will now pay the purchase consideration of €2 million of which €500,000 will be cash, and €1.5 million payable in shares valued at 105% of VWAP.

READ: Lithium Australia’s drilling confirms historical lithium results in Germany

During August 2018, Lithium Australia intersected significant lithium mineralisation from drilling at Sadisdorf confirming historical drill results.

Results included 78.51 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide and 68.56 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide and 78.09 metres at 0.48% lithium oxide.

The project presently contains an inferred resource of 25 million tonnes at 0.45% lithium oxide.

Several intervals from this drilling suggest there is potential for a future resource upgrade.

READ: Lithium Australia produces impressive results in pilot plant trial of lithium extraction technology

Most recently, Lithium Australia produced impressive results during the first stage of a pilot plant trial of its proprietary SiLeach® process aimed at extracting lithium from mine waste.

The first stage of the trial at ANSTO’s minerals piloting facility in NSW produced a lithium pregnant liquor from lepidolite feed.

The company’s proprietary SiLeach® process will now progress to a stage II trial.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:46:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204576/lithium-australia-receives-german-approval-for-sadisdorf-licence-transfer-204576.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia produces impressive results in pilot plant trial of lithium extraction technology ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204390/lithium-australia-produces-impressive-results-in-pilot-plant-trial-of-lithium-extraction-technology-204390.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has produced impressive results during the first stage of a pilot plant trial of its proprietary SiLeach® process aimed at extracting lithium from mine waste.

The first stage of the trial at ANSTO’s minerals piloting facility in NSW produced a lithium pregnant liquor from lepidolite feed.

Stage II, which begins next week, will process the liquor to produce lithium chemicals.

READ: Lithium Australia moves one step closer to producing lithium batteries from mine waste

Managing director Adrian Griffin said, “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the first stage of the two-stage SiLeach® pilot plant trial at ANSTO Minerals.”

Shares are up more than 8% to 10.5 cents.

 

The concentrate used as feed for the trial was prepared in Perth, under the supervision of Independent Metallurgical Operations Pty Ltd and consisted of lepidolite recovered from mine waste.

During stage I, the plant operated in continuous mode for five days in August, processing lepidolite concentrate at around 4 kilograms per hour through leach, pre-neutralisation and impurity removal stages.

Results exceed target

Preliminary data indicate that lithium extraction in the leach circuit peaked at 97.5% and averaged 94% for the duration of the trial.

Leach results exceeded target supporting the opportunity for concentrate grind size and reagent optimisation during design of the proposed large-scale pilot plant (LSPP).

Run in an integrated manner, the trial demonstrated continuous operation of Lithium Australia’s proprietary SiLeach® process, including full recycle of intermediate process streams.

All unit processes operated robustly, with minimal stoppages and practical solid/liquid separation was achieved for all circuits tested.

Samples provided to vendors

Samples were provided to multiple vendors in order to complete solid/liquid separation test work.

This will also confirm equipment selection and sizing and support a cost estimation for the SiLeach® LSPP front end engineering and design (FEED) study being conducted by CPC Project Design Pty Ltd.

Operation of the multi-stage impurity removal circuit confirmed the rejection of aluminium fluoride (AlF3) in the first stage and encouraged further investigation into the feasibility of recovering an AlF3 by-product from this residue.

AlF3, an important additive in the production of aluminium by electrolysis, has recently gained immense traction in the global market, due to its beneficial properties and broad range of applications.

Indeed, the AlF market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.6% in the period from 2018 to 2028.

READ: Lithium Australia recommissioning the country’s only cathode powder pilot plant

The lithium-rich liquor produced during stage I met purity targets and will be processed through to lithium chemicals in stage II.

At that stage, calcium and fluorine will be removed and a lithium phosphate produced as a final product.

Subsequently, a sub-sample of that product will be further processed at VSPC Ltd, a wholly-owned LIT subsidiary, to create cathode material for use in the production of lithium-ion batteries.

VSPC will make samples of that material available for testing by potential offtake partners.

Aim to produce lithium-ion battery

Griffin said: “We anticipate that stage II will result in the production of a lithium chemical from waste material sourced near Kalgoorlie.

“We will then apply VSPC’s proprietary process to that lithium chemical and, ultimately, produce a lithium-ion battery: a world first.”

Lithium Australia will also investigate converting SiLeach®-produced lithium phosphate to a lithium hydroxide product.

The company is also assessing the implications of the Federal Government’s policy change in capping its Research and Development rebate scheme, a move with the potential to negatively affect the new energy metals processing industry proposed for Western Australia.

LIT is considering relocating its successful R&D activities elsewhere – perhaps Germany, which has a target date for the demise of internal combustion engines and is facilitating that through attractive R&D financial support.

READ: Lithium Australia to turn waste into commercial lithium product

Griffin said the company’s work would continue “whether the Australian Federal Government chooses to back the Lithium Valley concept or just ignore it”.

He added: “The official recommissioning of VSPC’s Brisbane cathode powder pilot plant occurred yesterday, with an opening ceremony to celebrate the occasion.”

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Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:18:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204390/lithium-australia-produces-impressive-results-in-pilot-plant-trial-of-lithium-extraction-technology-204390.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia recommissioning the country’s only cathode powder pilot plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204186/lithium-australia-recommissioning-the-countrys-only-cathode-powder-pilot-plant-204186.html Lithium Australia NL’s (ASX:LIT) wholly owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd is recommissioning its Brisbane facility that produces cathode material for use in the production of lithium-ion batteries.

The Wacol, Brisbane facility will be formally commissioned tomorrow by Ian McFarlane.

READ: Lithium Australia moves one step closer to producing lithium batteries from mine waste

It is worth noting that the facility is Australia’s only cathode powder pilot plant and battery-testing facility.

LIT managing director Adrian Griffin said: “We are extremely pleased with the acquisition of VSPC and proud to host guests for the official recommissioning of VSPC's Brisbane cathode powder pilot plant.

“We advise our shareholders and other interested parties that the ceremony will be available to view live from 2PM EST on the company’s website: www.lithium-au.com .”

READ: Lithium Australia’s drilling confirms historical lithium results in Germany

LIT recently received significant lithium mineralisation from drilling at the Sadisdorf Project in Germany, confirming historical drill results.

Consistent lithium mineralisation, as mica, was encountered, including 78.51 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide and 68.56 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide

The company is advancing the Sadisdorf scoping study on the basis that its 100% owned SiLeach® process can unlock the full potential of this style of mineralisation.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:14:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/204186/lithium-australia-recommissioning-the-countrys-only-cathode-powder-pilot-plant-204186.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia moves one step closer to producing lithium batteries from mine waste ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/203745/lithium-australia-moves-one-step-closer-to-producing-lithium-batteries-from-mine-waste-203745.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has received approval from the Department Mines and Petroleum for the removal of excess tonnage from Lepidolite Hill Lithium Project in Western Australia.

The material recovered under the terms of the excess tonnage removal permits will be part of the feed required for LIT’s large-scale SiLeach® pilot plant.

However, the program to recover lepidolite (lithium mica) remains subject to appropriate approvals.

READ: Lithium Australia able to separate lithium using ore-sorting technology

Chemical analysis of product and waste streams supports the successful partitioning of lepidolite (lithium mica) into a concentrate stream.

LIT managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Obtaining approval for excess tonnage advances our aim of producing lithium-ion batteries from mine waste.

“That will begin with the application of our 100% owned SiLeach® process to produce the lithium component.”

READ: Lithium Australia to turn waste into commercial lithium product

Griffin added “We are well advanced with a pilot plant run at ANSTO Minerals (a division of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) to generate the materials that will be used to further process that lithium in our Brisbane based VSPC facility.

“The production of batteries from mine waste will be a world first.

“VSPC will officially complete the commissioning of its Brisbane cathode powder pilot plant on 6 September 2018.

“This momentous occasion will be celebrated with an opening ceremony on that day.”

 

The Very Small Particle Company (VSPC) can produce lithium-ion phosphate at a finer size than other producers, which gives batteries far superior performance.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:41:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/203745/lithium-australia-moves-one-step-closer-to-producing-lithium-batteries-from-mine-waste-203745.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia’s drilling confirms historical lithium results in Germany ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/203606/lithium-australias-drilling-confirms-historical-lithium-results-in-germany-203606.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has received significant lithium mineralisation from drilling at the Sadisdorf Project in Germany, confirming historical drill results.

Drill hole section with results

Consistent lithium mineralisation, as mica, was encountered, including:
• 78.51 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide and 68.56 metres at 0.51% lithium oxide; and
• 78.09 metres at 0.48% lithium oxide.

Significant intercepts of tin and tungsten mineralisation include:
• 19.4 metres at 0.65% tin;
• 2.09 metres at 0.72% tin; and
• 1 metre at 1.65% tungsten.

READ: Lithium Australia to turn waste into commercial lithium product

The company’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: "Lithium Australia’s maiden drilling program at Sadisdorf confirms the polymetallic style of mineralisation and the conservative nature of current resource statements.

“We are advancing the Sadisdorf scoping study on the basis that our 100% owned SiLeach® process can unlock the full potential of this style of mineralisation.

“The project location can take full advantage of the rapidly developing EV industry in Europe and has the potential to develop a new industry for Germany.”

 

Sadisdorf is a mothballed tin mine within a “greisen” (altered granite) alteration consisting of lithium micas. The project presently contains an inferred resource of 25 million tonnes at 0.45% lithium oxide.

Historical drilling has a maximum grade of 0.646% lithium oxide, as an upper detection limit of the grade estimation technique used at the time.

Several intervals in the new drilling are higher than this grade. This suggests there is potential for a future resource upgrade.

READ: Lithium Australia subsidiary producing lithium-ion cathode material for battery market

Notably, the Sadisdorf Project is in Saxony, Germany - close to the rapidly expanding European electric vehicle and battery industries.

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Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:31:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/203606/lithium-australias-drilling-confirms-historical-lithium-results-in-germany-203606.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia to turn waste into commercial lithium product ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/201495/lithium-australia-to-turn-waste-into-commercial-lithium-product-201495.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) specialises in the process development of waste materials such as lithium micas, which it has access to in both Western Australia and Germany.

The company has identified multiple lithium mica feed sources for a new large-scale pilot plant (LSPP).

To date, substantial bench-scale and pilot plant trial test work has been undertaken on the 80%-owned Lepidolite Hill deposit in Western Australia.

However, far less test work has been undertaken at a second deposit designated Waste2.

Waste2 deposit to be used as feed

Tests have shown that the metallurgical characteristics of concentrates produced from Waste2 vary from those of other micas tested.

This is due to the material have higher ratios of muscovite and lepidolite.

READ: Lithium Australia subsidiary producing lithium-ion cathode material for battery market

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Lithium Australia continues its war on waste.

“In processing the Waste2 material, we will clearly demonstrate that we can take the particular waste provided, run it through the SiLeach® pilot plant and create a commercial lithium chemical.”

The pilot plant run is due to commence in early August and the aim is to produce lithium products to commercial specifications.

A vertically integrated strategy, from waste to battery material

Griffin added: “But that's only step II in ascending the value chain. Subsequently, the lithium chemical will be sent from Lucas Heights to our VSPC Brisbane plant for processing into battery cathode material.

“The cathode powder will then be tested at VSPC's in-house battery testing facility. We hope to report on its performance with respect to battery applications in coming months.”

The LSPP front-end engineering and design (FEED) study nearing completion, anticipated in the September quarter 2018.

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Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:33:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/201495/lithium-australia-to-turn-waste-into-commercial-lithium-product-201495.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia NL commences production of lithium-ion cathodes from VSPC ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9926/lithium-australia-nl-commences-production-of-lithium-ion-cathodes-from-vspc-9926.html Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:01:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9926/lithium-australia-nl-commences-production-of-lithium-ion-cathodes-from-vspc-9926.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia subsidiary producing lithium-ion cathode material for battery market ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/200992/lithium-australia-subsidiary-producing-lithium-ion-cathode-material-for-battery-market-200992.html Lithium Australia NL’s (ASX:LIT) subsidiary VSPC Ltd has started producing lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery cathode material from its newly recommissioned pilot plant.

Delivery of cathode material samples from the pilot facilities in Brisbane is expected to begin in the December quarter of 2018.

Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said: “VSPC gives Lithium Australia the opportunity to manufacture the world’s most advanced cathode materials – at the high-margin end of the battery metals market.

“Importantly, VSPC will also allow us to capitalise on waste batteries as a feed source.”

 

VSPC is a specialist battery-component research and development laboratory wholly-owned by Perth-based Lithium Australia.

After completing the recommissioning, VSPC is verifying the quality and consistency of its pilot-production materials.

This is being done via VSPC’s advanced, on-site electrochemical testing facilities, the capabilities of which include the ability to assemble and test lithium-ion coin and pouch cells.

READ: Lithium Australia producing lithium-ion battery cathode materials

International battery makers previously showed strong interest in VSPC’s 4th-generation LFP cathode material.

This interest was supported by tests in late 2017 that showed the performance of VSPC's cathode material exceeded that of an industry standard material.

READ: Lithium Australia enhances SiLeach® process by lodging two new patent applications

Griffin said: “We anticipate immense pressure on the supply of energy metals such as lithium and cobalt in the near future.

“Battery recycling not only supports sustainability but may also, ultimately, prove the cheapest source of those energy metals materials in years to come.

“The ability to produce cathode powders from these materials, while also controlling particle size, is clearly advantageous.

“It is an integral part of our sustainable and ethical supply policy."

Lithium Australia intends to ‘close the loop’ on the energy-metals cycle.

Change of name

In conjunction with the recommissioning, the name of the wholly-owned subsidiary has been changed to VSPC Ltd from Very Small Particle Company Ltd.

Lithium Australia aspires to ‘close the loop’ on the energy-metals cycle utilising strategic assets and disruptive technologies to establish a vertically integrated lithium processing business.

It aims to improve the lithium-ion battery supply chain with technologies that include its SiLeach® lithium extraction process, superior cathode material production from VSPC, and enhanced recycling techniques for battery materials.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:18:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/200992/lithium-australia-subsidiary-producing-lithium-ion-cathode-material-for-battery-market-200992.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia's proprietary SiLeach® process is a 'silver bullet' for lithium extraction ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9601/lithium-australia-s-proprietary-sileach-process-is-a-silver-bullet-for-lithium-extraction-9601.html Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:04:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9601/lithium-australia-s-proprietary-sileach-process-is-a-silver-bullet-for-lithium-extraction-9601.html <![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia's purchase of Sadisdorf further aligns it to European EV industry ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9560/lithium-australia-s-purchase-of-sadisdorf-further-aligns-it-to-european-ev-industry-9560.html Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:11:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9560/lithium-australia-s-purchase-of-sadisdorf-further-aligns-it-to-european-ev-industry-9560.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia enhances SiLeach® process by lodging two new patent applications ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198745/lithium-australia-enhances-sileach-process-by-lodging-two-new-patent-applications-198745.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has lodged two new patent applications related to its lithium processing proprietary technology SiLeach®.

The first is a process to produce lithium phosphate, and the second is the process for recovering lithium phosphate and/or lithium sulphate from lithium-bearing silicates.

An unprecedented advantage

The innovative patents cover unprecedented advantages for the company in that lithium can be recovered from the process liquors without the requirement for extensive evaporation.

This process may be applicable to other process streams such as conventional spodumene conversion.

Evaporating is an expensive process

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: "Managing the water balance correctly has, until now, been an expensive and vexing issue for many lithium chemical producers.

“Lithium Australia will expedite commercialisation of the SiLeach® process, capitalising on the advantages gained by solving this processing challenge.

“Being able to produce lithium chemicals without the necessity of evaporating large quantities of water clearly puts us ahead of our peers."

READ: Lithium Australia to acquire Sadisdorf from Tin International AG

Lithium Australia's SiLeach® process can extract lithium from all silicate minerals, but is ideally suited to processing lithium micas, considered a waste product in many mining operations.

The company is currently undertaking a scoping study on its recently acquired Sadisdorf deposit where it is hoped SiLeach® will breathe new life into the mothballed tin mine, enabling the recovery of lithium, tin and other by-products.

READ: Lithium Australia producing lithium ion battery cathode materials

The resulting lithium chemicals can be used as a feed source for Lithium Australia's VSPC cathode powder production technology, providing a cost-effective means of delivering lithium units to battery producers.

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:07:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198745/lithium-australia-enhances-sileach-process-by-lodging-two-new-patent-applications-198745.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia to acquire Sadisdorf from Tin International AG ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198647/lithium-australia-to-acquire-sadisdorf-from-tin-international-ag-198647.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) is set to acquire 100% of the Sadisdorf Lithium Tin Project in Germany from Tin International AG, subject to regulatory requirements.

Tin International AG had previously defined an Inferred JORC resource of 3.36 million tonnes grading 0.44% tin.

In mid-December 2017, Lithium Australia upgraded the deposit to an Inferred JORC resource of 25 million tonnes grading 0.45% lithium oxide.

Applying the SiLeach® process to extract minerals at Sadisdorf

Sadisdorf’s lithium is contained within lithium micas within alteration around tin mineralisation, the latter being the subject of historical mining.

The lithium micas can be readily concentrated after the removal of tin by conventional gravity separation.

Lithium has been very successfully extracted from Sadisdorf mica concentrates using the company’s proprietary SiLeach® process.

READ: Lithium Australia samples high-grade cobalt copper and lithium in Germany

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Acquisition of Sadisdorf is a key component of our European energy metal supply strategy.

“SiLeach® is the only practical means of realizing the full potential of deposits of this type where value can be recovered from the lithium, tin, potassium and other valuable by-products.

“Our recent cobalt exploration success in the region is testimony to the latent potential of Saxony as a supply centre of the European battery industry.”

Opportunity to supply Europe with lithium

Recently China’s BYD (SHE:002594) detailed plans to establish a battery factory in Europe while Northvolt, together with Siemens (ETR:SIE) and Scania, through an investment of €4 billion, will do likewise.

CATL, Samsung SDI, and LG Chem are following suit to establish European production capacity and SK Innovations will establish a factory in Hungary.

The planned capacity in Europe will dwarf the much-publicized Tesla Gigafactory and Europe may well become the highest concentration of energy metal consumption outside China.

With resources already established at Sadisdorf, and Lithium Australia’s commercialisation of its 100%-owned Sileach® process advanced, an opportunity exists to develop a domestic European supply chain.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:14:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198647/lithium-australia-to-acquire-sadisdorf-from-tin-international-ag-198647.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia samples high-grade cobalt copper and lithium in Germany ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198409/lithium-australia-samples-high-grade-cobalt-copper-and-lithium-in-germany-198409.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has encountered more high-grade mineralisation in its second round of 16 field grab samples taken from the wholly owned Eichigt project in Germany.

Notably, grades ranged up to 1.47% cobalt, 0.54% copper and 0.71% lithium.

These early results for cobalt and copper confirm polymetallic mineralisation within the Eichigt project area.

READ: Lithium Australia discovers cobalt mineralisation at Eichigt

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The results of the first exploration campaign at Eichigt strongly supports our view that the license area we applied for was neglected during systematic exploration work carried out during the time of the German Demcratic Republic (GDR).

“The combination of cobalt, lithium and copper is an indication of the genesis of the mineralised system and the strong possibility of finding source granites and greisen style mineralization we see nearby at Sadisdorf.

Additional veins encountered, all remain open along strike and down dip

Griffin added: “The historic diggings indicate the strike extent, albeit remaining open.

“The down-dip extensions will be evaluated after delineation of the extent of surface mineralisation.”

Establishing a central processing hub in Europe

The 133 square kilometre Eichigt exploration licence was granted to Lithium Australia in January this year, adding to its existing Sadisdorf project, also in Saxony.

The company's objective is to establish a central processing hub in Europe to support battery production for the rapidly expanding electric vehicle industry.

It plans to use its 100%-owned SiLeach® process to recover lithium from its German projects, should doing so prove economically feasible.

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:42:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/198409/lithium-australia-samples-high-grade-cobalt-copper-and-lithium-in-germany-198409.html
<![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia announces most recent, very high grades found at Eichigt project ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9484/lithium-australia-announces-most-recent-very-high-grades-found-at-eichigt-project-9484.html Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:11:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9484/lithium-australia-announces-most-recent-very-high-grades-found-at-eichigt-project-9484.html <![CDATA[Media files - Cobalt discovery gives Lithium Australia 'another string to our bow' ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9422/cobalt-discovery-gives-lithium-australia-another-string-to-our-bow--9422.html Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:26:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9422/cobalt-discovery-gives-lithium-australia-another-string-to-our-bow--9422.html <![CDATA[Media files - Lithium Australia 'closing the loop' on producing cathode powder from waste materials ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9407/lithium-australia-closing-the-loop-on-producing-cathode-powder-from-waste-materials-9407.html Thu, 31 May 2018 14:45:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/stocktube/9407/lithium-australia-closing-the-loop-on-producing-cathode-powder-from-waste-materials-9407.html <![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia discovers cobalt mineralisation at Eichigt ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197870/lithium-australia-discovers-cobalt-mineralisation-at-eichigt-197870.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has sampled up to 0.6% cobalt and 0.48% copper in maiden exploration at its wholly owned Eichigt project in Germany.

Initial exploration focused on copper-bearing quartz-veins that were subjected to small-scale mining activities during the 16th century.

Results from the first five grab samples are shown below.

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Strong, previously undescribed cobalt mineralisation at surface confirms the limited nature of past exploration.

“The diggings encountered are testimony to the considerable extent of the strike.

“Close to our Sadisdorf lithium project, and on the doorstep of the European EV manufacturers, this cobalt could prove a strategic feed into the burgeoning battery industry.”

READ: Lithium Australia hits 32 metres of lithium in first hole at Sadisdorf

Earlier this month, Lithium Australia intersected 32.19 metres grading 0.52% lithium in its first hole drilled at the Sadisdorf polymetallic tin-lithium project in Saxony, Germany.

Drilling was part of a three hole, 560-metre diamond program which is the first drilling at Sadisdorf in nearly 30 years.

Significant intersections of tin were also encountered with up to 11.65 metres grading 0.35% tin recorded.

The maiden drill program was designed to validate historical drilling data and test the outer boundaries of the mineral resource model.

Lithium Australia aspires to use its proprietary SiLeach® lithium processing technology to unlock the lithium potential and value of the Sadisdorf lithium-tin deposit.

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Wed, 30 May 2018 09:37:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197870/lithium-australia-discovers-cobalt-mineralisation-at-eichigt-197870.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia producing lithium ion battery cathode materials ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197492/lithium-australia-producing-lithium-ion-battery-cathode-materials-197492.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) through its subsidiary Very Small Particle Company Ltd (VSPC) is operating its advanced laboratory facilities in Queensland.

The facilities are producing lithium-ion battery (LIB) cathode materials at bench scale.

This marks strong progress towards commercialisation of the company’s patented battery cathode materials production technology.

READ: Lithium Australia stamps its authority as an emerging vertically integrated lithium play

Lithium Australia’s acquisition of the VSPC provides access to the most lucrative part of the LIB production cycle being the production of cathode powders.

The VSPC technology produces superior quality control in the production of a wide range of cathode powders.

That superiority includes the control of particle size and precise particle chemistry.

Potential customers to be able to test cathode materials

VSCP’s fourth generation lithium iron phosphate cathode material has previously received strong interest from international battery makers.

The VSPC cathode material performance exceeded that of an industry standard in tests completed late 2017.

Cathode materials will be available for customer evaluation from September 2018.

Recommissioning of the pilot production facilities

Recommissioning of the pilot production facilities is also at an advanced stage.

Wet commissioning will commence at the end of May, 2018.

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Wed, 23 May 2018 09:28:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197492/lithium-australia-producing-lithium-ion-battery-cathode-materials-197492.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia discovers pegmatites in prolific lithium area of Western Australia ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197322/lithium-australia-discovers-pegmatites-in-prolific-lithium-area-of-western-australia-197322.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has identified lithium pegmatites at the Medcalf prospect in an area of Western Australia attracting investment from some of the world’s largest lithium companies.

Rock chip assays from samples have returned spodumene values ranging from 3.1% to 7.15% lithium oxide.

Geological mapping along with the sampling has confirmed some of these pegmatites as LCT (lithium, caesium, tantalum) types.

READ: Lithium Australia stamps its authority as an emerging vertically integrated lithium play

Medcalf is in the southeast part of the company’s Lake Johnson project in the southern Yilgarn region, about 45 kilometres southeast of its Mt Day prospect.

Managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The occurrence of LCT pegmatites adjacent to granites at Medcalf has regional geological significance.

“The pegmatites occur in the same greenstone sequence that abuts the same granite complex at Mt Day.

“Both locations have significant lithium mineralisation and there is good potential for locating further LCT pegmatites below cover, within the Lake Johnson project area.”

READ: Lithium Australia acquires Pilbara tenement prospective for lithium micas

Medcalf and Mt Day add to the potential of the Lake Johnson Lithium Project within the prolific Yilgarn Block.

The Lake Johnson tenement package underlain by regional magnetic data.

This hosts major deposits at Earl Grey of Kidman Resources Ltd (ASX:KDR) and SQM, Mt Marion of Neometals Limited (ASX:NMT), Gangfeng and Mineral Resources Limited (ASX:MIN); and Mt Cattlin of Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY).

Similar geological features

These lithium deposits, as well as Medcalf and Mt Day, have similar geological features.

At Medcalf, initial geological reconnaissance was conducted after interpretation of aerial photographs highlighted the potential for multiple pegmatites in 2017.

Outcropping pegmatites were identified during subsequent field inspections in April 2018 with recent geological mapping and sampling confirming some of these as LCT types.

Pegmatite swarms containing spodumene mineralisation outcrop in a zone 100 metres by 50 metres in area, within a larger area of pegmatites 250 metres wide by 500 metres long.

Further potential

Field inspection identified a pegmatite swarm centred on the highest hill in the area, where at least five pegmatites were located, and all containing spodumene.

The prospect area has moderate to low topographic relief and potential exists for additional pegmatites under cover.

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Mon, 21 May 2018 09:28:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/197322/lithium-australia-discovers-pegmatites-in-prolific-lithium-area-of-western-australia-197322.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia hits 32 metres of lithium in first hole at Sadisdorf ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196782/lithium-australia-hits-32-metres-of-lithium-in-first-hole-at-sadisdorf-196782.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has intersected 32.19 metres grading 0.52% lithium in its first hole drilled at the Sadisdorf polymetallic tin-lithium project in Saxony, Germany.

Drilling is part of the three hole, 560-metre diamond program which is the first drilling at Sadisdorf in nearly 30 years.

Significant intersections of tin were also encountered with up to 11.65 metres grading 0.35% tin recorded.

READ: Lithium Australia completes maiden drilling at lithium tin project in Germany

The maiden drill program was designed to validate historical drilling data and test the outer boundaries of the mineral resource model.

Lithium Australia aspires to use its proprietary SiLeach® lithium processing technology to unlock the lithium potential and value of the Sadisdorf lithium-tin deposit.

SiLeach® is suited for Sadisdorf’s mineralisation

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The mineralisation encountered in the first drill hole strongly supports our vision of unlocking the value of the historic tin-tungsten Sadisdorf mine by adding lithium as an additional value driver, at a location in close geographical proximity to emerging European new era battery markets.

“Our SiLeach® processing technology is ideally suited for processing Sadisdorf’s greisen-style polymetallic mineralisation which contains abundant lithium micas.

“With tin increasingly regarded as a strategic technology metal, the tin assays encountered also confirm our view of the potential of Sadisdorf as a significant polymetallic deposit.

“Test work on fresh samples will commence shortly and we look forward to the full assay results from the remaining two drill holes.”

READ: Lithium Australia to benefit from maiden lithium resource in electric vehicle manufacturer's backyard

During December 2017, a maiden JORC resource was estimated for Sadisdorf based on historical drilling and sampling.

The inferred estimate stands at 25 million tonnes grading 0.45% lithium.

Results for the final two diamond holes are expected towards the end of this month.

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Fri, 11 May 2018 09:23:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196782/lithium-australia-hits-32-metres-of-lithium-in-first-hole-at-sadisdorf-196782.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia stamps its authority as an emerging vertically integrated lithium play ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196699/lithium-australia-stamps-its-authority-as-an-emerging-vertically-integrated-lithium-play-196699.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has made substantial ground in the last 12 months in achieving its goal of developing an integrated lithium company.

The group is developing the capabilities to capitalise on all major sectors of the lithium supply chain and in so doing closing the loop on the lithium production cycle.

While the lithium price has retraced from an all-time high in January, such is the strength of the outlook for the metal that it recently compensated for a production shortfall at Orocobre (ASX:ORE).

Bell Potter bullish on lithium price

While output at the company’s Olaroz project was down nearly 30% on a quarter-on-quarter basis, analysts at Bell Potter were not fazed by the development.

The broker pointed out that Orocobre had achieved a new record average price of US$13,530 per tonne and that pricing would offset any downside from the production shortfall.

Bell Potter expects robust pricing to continue with its 2019 and 2020 lithium carbonate projections standing at US$15,125 per tonne and US$15,400 per tonne respectively.

Hence, while one piece of bad news at Orocobre triggered a share price decline from $5.24 to $5.01, a month later it is trading at $5.65.

This highlights the fact that stocks exposed to the sector, such as Lithium Australia, need to be assessed on their medium to long-term merits.

An important backdrop for Lithium Australia

The Orocobre scenario is important to consider when examining Lithium Australia’s trading patterns, particularly in 2018.

After mainly trading in the vicinity of 20 cents in the latter half of 2017 and the first few months of 2018, the company's shares have dipped to around 13 cents.

As one of the few vertically integrated players in the lithium sector with a clearly defined medium to long-term outlook, this retracement could represent a buying opportunity.

Closing the loop in production cycle

As the company explains, its strategy is to close the loop in the lithium production cycle.

Lithium Australia has grown its resource base and developed a world-class processing technology called SiLeach®.

The company has also acquired an enterprise that has proprietary processes for the production of lithium-ion battery cathode materials.

With regards to the company’s SiLeach technology where a pilot plant is nearing completion, Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The FEED study is advancing well and the improvements in lithium recovery are very encouraging.

READ: Lithium Australia nears completion of design for cutting edge SiLeach plant

“We're pleased with the increase in confidence around by-product recovery, which is an important aspect of the SiLeach revenue stream.

“We believe it will allow us to produce lithium chemicals from minerals but at the same low unit cost as that of the brine producers.

“Preliminary discussions with potential offtake partners have been encouraging.

"Our planned laboratory-scale pilot run, while aimed primarily at finalising the flowsheet for construction, will generate significant amounts of lithium chemical product for testing by potential offtake partners.”

Sadisdorf is an ideal fit

From a resource perspective, the company’s farm-in joint venture with Tin International AG is a coup as it provides an opportunity to cash in on its proprietary technology.

The Sadisdorf tin mine in Saxony, Germany, has tin mineralisation which is enveloped by a lithium-mica alteration.

Application of Lithium Australia’s SiLeach technology provides an opportunity to combine the value of the tin with that of the lithium.

For other miners, the lithium content within the ore mined is considered waste.

Resource modelling has confirmed that the dormant tin mine, which contains significant lithium mineralisation, can be considered a polymetallic deposit.

Substantial value can be extracted from lithium, tin and tungsten.

Resource upgraded

Moreover, application of SiLeach has the potential to provide significant by-product credits such as potassium sulphate fertiliser and sodium silicate.

Tin International AG had previously defined an inferred tin resource of 3.36 million tonnes grading 0.44% tin at a cut-off of 0.25%.

Following reanalysis and reinterpretation of historical drilling and underground sampling, the inferred resource now stands at 25 million tonnes grading 0.45% lithium.

Large-scale SiLeach pilot plant

Engineering design studies and financial modelling have shown that LIT’s proposed SiLeach large-scale pilot plant can produce lithium chemicals from waste.

This is in the form of lithium micas, and the studies have also identified multiple avenues for more substantial capital and operating cost reductions.

The pilot plant is nearing completion with metallurgical test work demonstrating improved lithium recovery.

Further, there is the potential to produce high-quality fertiliser as a by-product which will enhance the project economics.

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Thu, 10 May 2018 13:43:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/196699/lithium-australia-stamps-its-authority-as-an-emerging-vertically-integrated-lithium-play-196699.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia nears completion of design for cutting-edge SiLeach plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195909/lithium-australia-nears-completion-of-design-for-cutting-edge-sileach-plant-195909.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) is nearing completion of the design for a cutting-edge large-scale pilot plant to demonstrate its SiLeach® hydrometallurgical process.

The plant is aimed at demonstrating the SiLeach® process to extract lithium and by-products at commercial scale from lithium micas.

Front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities are progressing as planned and are scheduled for completion in the September quarter of 2018.

READ: Lithium Australia NL identifying feed for large-scale SiLeach pilot plant

Detailed metallurgical test work is demonstrating improved lithium recovery.

This work is further enhancing the SiLeach® flowsheet and the potential to produce high-quality fertiliser as a by-product is enhancing project economics.

Managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The FEED study is advancing well and the improvements in lithium recovery are very encouraging.

“We’re pleased with the increase in confidence around by-product recovery, which is an important aspect of the SiLeach® revenue stream.

“We believe it will allow us to produce lithium chemicals from minerals but at the same low unit cost as that of the brine producers.”

No roasting required

The SiLeach® process is a halide-accelerated, sulphuric acid digestion system, operated at atmospheric pressure.

No roasting is required, significantly reducing the energy footprint when compared with conventional lithium extraction technology.

The process also benefits from a range of potential by-product credits.

Study shows SiLeach benefits

Lithium Australia is building the large-scale pilot plant (LSPP) after a preliminary feasibility study demonstrated the ability of the process to recover lithium chemicals and valuable by-products.

In many instances, lithium micas previously recovered during mining activities have been consigned to tailings dams and mine dumps as waste, due to a lack of metallurgical processing technology.

SiLeach® has the potential to unlock these resources economically.

Plant construction a key step

Construction of the LSPP is a key step in proving SiLeach® at a commercial scale.

Flotation test work on samples of lepidolite.

At full production SiLeach® will facilitate the production of high-quality lithium chemicals from abundant non-brine mineral resources at a cost similar to those of brine producers.

This will be done without the environmental risks associated with conventional roasting or large evaporation ponds.

READ: Lithium Australia able to separate lithium using ore-sorting technology

Planning is underway for a laboratory-scale pilot trial at ANSTO Minerals of the anticipated LSPP feed composition, using concentrates generated from the target sources.

Intended to confirm final flowsheet selection and impurity removal unit processes, the trial should further reduce the risk profile of the LSPP and augment existing bench-scale test work results.

Offtake discussions

The laboratory-scale trial will generate enough lithium chemicals to provide product samples for potential offtake partners, those samples being representative of the commercial product.

Griffin said: "Preliminary discussions with potential offtake partners have been encouraging.

“Our planned laboratory-scale pilot run, while aimed primarily at finalising the flowsheet for construction, will generate significant amounts of lithium chemical product for testing by potential offtake partners.”

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Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:22:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195909/lithium-australia-nears-completion-of-design-for-cutting-edge-sileach-plant-195909.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia acquires Pilbara tenement prospective for lithium micas ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195417/lithium-australia-acquires-pilbara-tenement-prospective-for-lithium-micas-195417.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has acquired an exploration licence prospective for lithium within the Moolyella tin field in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Pegmatites have been identified in the region containing abundant lithium micas, which are often associated with alluvial deposits of tin and tantalum.

Lithium Australia has purchased the tenement from Anova Metals Australia Pty Ltd for consideration of $25,000 in cash and shares valued at $25,000.

Moolyella “has the right ingredients”

Managing director Adrian Griffin said: “The abundance of fertile granites and associated pegmatites in the Pilbara has seen the region emerge as the greatest lithium province in the world.

“There remains great potential for further discoveries and Moolyella has all the right ingredients.”

READ: Lithium Australia NL identifying feed for large-scale SiLeach pilot plant

Lithium micas are a preferred feed for Lithium Australia’s SiLeach® process for which the company aims to build a large-scale pilot plant as part of the commercialisation process.

The Moolyella project covers targets within the Fig Tree Gneiss, which is part of the Tambina Supersuite.

Outcropping pegmatites occur as swarms with individual dykes being up to 15 metres thick and traceable for up to 700 metres along strike.

The exploration licence was granted on July 4, 2017, and is about 18 kilometres from Marble Bar and 160 kilometres southeast of Port Hedland.

Conversion of $100,000

Lithium Australia has also agreed to issue shares to the value of $100,000 to Arena Investors LP to satisfy a conversion notice which forms part of a $18.27 million convertible note facility.

The company advised on March 1, 2018, that it had secured the facility with Arena, a leading US institutional investor with more than US$750 million in assets under management.

READ: Lithium Australia recommissioning cathode powder plant

These unsecured notes have a face value of A$21 million and, subject to certain conditions, will be issued by Lithium Australia at a discount of 13%.

They will be drawn down in six tranches with the first tranche received by the company, which triggered Arena’s request to convert a minimum parcel of shares to the value of $100,000.

Lithium Australia is aiming for a circular economy in lithium-ion battery supply.

READ: Lithium Australia able to separate lithium using ore-sorting technology

Lithium Australia aspires to 'close the loop' on the energy-metal cycle.

Its disruptive extraction processes are designed to convert all lithium silicates to lithium chemicals, from which advanced components for the battery industry can be created.

By uniting resources and the best available technology, Lithium Australia seeks to establish a vertically integrated lithium processing business.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:06:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195417/lithium-australia-acquires-pilbara-tenement-prospective-for-lithium-micas-195417.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia able to separate lithium using ore-sorting technology ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195305/lithium-australia-able-to-separate-lithium-using-ore-sorting-technology-195305.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has received positive results from ore sorting test work at the 80% owned Lepidolite Hill Lithium Project in Western Australia.

The x-ray ore sorting has successfully separated lithium micas, which could importantly act as feed for the company’s proposed large-scale pilot plant it intends to build.

Furthermore, the test work has revealed the potential for recovery of petalite, a lithium silicate which is a saleable item if concentrated.

READ: Lithium Australia NL identifying feed for large-scale SiLeach pilot plant

Lithium Australia’s managing director Arian Griffin said: “Although our aim at Lepidolite Hill is exploitation of lithium mica, it's not surprising to find such abundant petalite in the mine dumps.

“Lepidolite Hill operated as a petalite mine in the 1970s, and perhaps the recovery of the target minerals was not as good as the operators would have liked! Ore-sorting will certainly enhance rapid separation of the lepidolite.

“That said, we'll also devote significant attention to the recovery of other lithium minerals that result in a grade of about 1.8% lithium oxide in the reject material.

“We'll probably drill at the south end of the existing pit, to see how far the lithium mineralisation extends beyond what was left in the pit wall.”

Test work results make Lepidolite Hill a top candidate

Earlier in March 2018, Lithium Australia noted that the Lepidolite Hill lithium deposit was emerging as a potentially valuable feed option for its proposed large-scale SiLeach® pilot plant.

The initial ore sorting test work done on historical mine waste at Lepidolite Hill supported this location as a possible feed option for the pilot plant.

Now Lithium Australia considers there is the potential to not only separate out petalite, as well as lepidolite, from surface stockpiles but also to undertake further exploration at the project.

Exploration would target possible in-situ lithium resources outside and below the current historical open-pit mine workings.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:36:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195305/lithium-australia-able-to-separate-lithium-using-ore-sorting-technology-195305.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia recommissioning cathode powder plant ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195201/lithium-australia-recommissioning-cathode-powder-plant-195201.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has finalised its acquisition of 99.7% of the equity in the Very Small Particle Company (VSPC), a Brisbane-based technology company.

VSPC has spent 14 years and $30 million developing some of the world’s most advanced manufacturing techniques for the production of cathode materials.

These materials are critical components of lithium-ion batteries.

Re-commissioning of the cathode plant

Re-commissioning of the 2-4 tonne per annum cathode powder plant at the Brisbane VSPC facility is underway.

Plant inspections and servicing are underway, as is evaluation of equipment upgrades, to prepare for resumption of production in July 2018.

Furthermore, a recruitment drive for senior scientists and operational staff has commenced.

READ: Lithium Australia enters high-margin end of battery metals market after completing acquisition

Lithium Australia’s managing director Adrian Griffin said: “Recommissioning the VSPC pilot plant is a challenging task, but many of the past scientific and operating staff have made themselves available to ensure success.

“We welcome their assistance and participation in our plan to provide the world’s battery producers with the best available cathode materials.”

READ: Lithium Australia completes maiden drilling at lithium tin project in Germany

Recently, Lithium Australia completed its maiden drilling program at the Sadisdorf polymetallic tin-lithium project in Saxony, Germany.

The three hole, 560-metre diamond drilling program commenced in mid-December 2017 and was completed last week.

The program was designed to validate historical drilling data and increase confidence in future mineral resource estimates.

Lithium Australia is farming into a joint venture at Sadisdorf with German company Tin International AG.

Sadisdorf has the potential to provide feed to a commercial scale SiLeach® lithium carbonate plant.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:20:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/195201/lithium-australia-recommissioning-cathode-powder-plant-195201.html
<![CDATA[News - Lithium Australia completes maiden drilling at lithium tin project in Germany ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194987/lithium-australia-completes-maiden-drilling-at-lithium-tin-project-in-germany-194987.html Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has completed its maiden drilling program at the Sadisdorf polymetallic tin-lithium project in Saxony, Germany.

The three hole, 560-metre diamond drilling program commenced in mid-December 2017 and was completed last week.

The program was designed to validate historical drilling data and increase confidence in future mineral resource estimates.

Down-hole surveys planned and assays pending

Down-hole geophysical surveys were planned for the two days following completion.

Completion of sampling and assaying of the remaining core will be a priority over April and May.

A further update from Sadisdorf is expected including assay results from the completed drill program in coming weeks.

Potential for a commercial scale SiLeach® lithium carbonate plant

Lithium Australia is farming into a joint venture at Sadisdorf with German company Tin International AG.

Sadisdorf has the potential to provide feed to a commercial scale SiLeach® lithium carbonate plant.

Furthermore, it is located on the doorstep of the German automotive industry, which is rapidly gearing up to produce large numbers of electric vehicles.

READ: Lithium Australia to benefit from maiden lithium resource in electric vehicle manufacturer's backyard

Partner Tin International AG had previously defined an Inferred JORC resource of 3.36 million tonnes grading 0.44% tin.

In mid-December 2017, Lithium Australia revealed an Inferred JORC resource of 25 million tonnes grading 0.45% lithium oxide.

Lithium Australia’s SiLeach® processing technology is suited to unlocking the lithium value of historical silicate deposits such as Sadisdorf.

READ: Lithium Australia NL identifying feed for large-scale SiLeach pilot plant

Over in Western Australia, Lithium Australia is in the final stages of advancing its large-scale SiLeach® pilot plant and is assessing feed sources for the first 12 months of operation.

Significantly, the Lepidolite Hill lithium deposit, which Lithium Australia has an 80% share in, is emerging as a potentially valuable feed option.

The company’s SiLeach® processing technology is in the process of being commercialised through the large-scale SiLeach® pilot plant.

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:33:00 +1000 https://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/194987/lithium-australia-completes-maiden-drilling-at-lithium-tin-project-in-germany-194987.html