Administered jointly by the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the self-assessment scheme encourages companies to engage in R&D benefiting Australia by providing a tax offset for eligible activities.
The company’s s R&D work for the period was focused on development of processing techniques to produce vanadium from a polymetallic ore for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) and steel applications.
Metallurgical test-work has been a key research component for this project and is ongoing, with a key pilot program currently being finalised.
Vanadium production facility
Additionally, AVL was awarded a A$5 million R&D grant through the Australian Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) in February 2020, which focused on innovative work to improve vanadium production technologies, minimise environmental impact, and maximise the value of products and co-products.
The company maintains its goal to build a world-class vanadium production facility in WA to supply high purity vanadium products to the battery, chemical and steel markets and has been working to lower both operating and capital cost estimates.