From next week the company will run a one-week trial for targeting specific HPA product-related outcomes at the FYI pilot plant facility in Welshpool, Western Australia.
The product will be engineered to meet potential customer product grade and characterisation requirements and FYI aims to suit new advances in battery market applications with this work.
Precursor to full run
FYI’s managing director Roland Hill said: “We are particularly excited about conducting this trial run as it incorporates the learnings from the previous pilot plant trials and is designed to tailor the HPA production to suit targeted potential customer requirements.
"These trials are not a full pilot plant production run, however, it will be an interesting precursor to the full pilot plant run that is planned for next quarter.”
The company demonstrated excellent operational performances during stages one and two pilot plant tests for purity and product characteristics.
Next week’s trial, while not a full pilot production run, is intended to improve on previous results and to conduct detailed work around optimising physical characteristics of the HPA product.
It will also test advanced staged performance to meet various potential customer requirements and specifications.
Opportunities for further plant optimisation that have already been identified, including various materials of construction, will be assessed during the trial.
This aspect will include areas of operability, process control and maintainability, where improved performance could be achieved.
Capex and opex implications
The trial outcomes may also have positive project capex and opex implications resulting from the optimising of the HPA flowsheet and improvement in the planned equipment components for full-scale production.
Hill said: “Our test work and pilot plant trials to date have translated into successful key project development improvements.
"We see the HPA production data resulting from this trial as potentially taking FYI one step closer to the alignment with our potential offtake parties and our eventual project commercialisation objectives.”
Building on knowledge
As FYI’s HPA strategy progresses, the company continues to build upon its extensive and valuable HPA knowledge and strengthen its technical and commercial advantages.
The focus is on markets with large volume capacity whose HPA applications already exist and can be improved with FYI HPA or new applications that are being developed.
This is particularly applicable in battery and static power storage markets where advances are being made in the areas of specialist separator coatings, solid-state electrolyte technologies, ceramic (HPA) battery cell lining and alumina anode coating development.