Austvolt Receives Grant to Pave the Way for Critical Minerals Development

June 6, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a substantial grant as part of the Critical Minerals Development Program. This program, initiated by the Australian Government, aims to accelerate the growth of critical minerals projects in the country. We have received a grant of $5.5 million, which will enable us to establish Australia’s first Precursor Cathode Active Material (PCAM) manufacturing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. 

This significant investment will play a crucial role in diversifying supply chains, promoting domestic downstream processing, and creating new jobs and opportunities for regional development.

Boosting Australia's Critical Minerals Sector

The grants, totaling close to $50 million, signify a major step forward in the development of Australia’s critical minerals sector. By supporting the production of key inputs for lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles and strengthening supply chains for advanced manufacturing, these projects will not only contribute to the country’s economic growth but also help Australia and its export partners lower emissions and achieve their net-zero commitments by 2050.

We are honoured to be a part of these projects, as they align with our shared ambition of establishing Australia as a clean-energy superpower.

Job Creation and Regional Opportunities

The successful projects funded through the Critical Minerals Development Program will have a significant impact on job creation and regional development across Australia. Our project alone is expected to create numerous employment opportunities, with the construction and operation of the PCAM manufacturing plant in Kwinana. This investment will not only boost the local economy but also provide a platform for future growth in the clean energy sector.

Capturing the Growing Global Demand

Australia has immense potential to meet the increasing global demand for critical minerals required in clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and batteries. As the world moves towards decarbonization, the demand for these minerals is expected to skyrocket. With the support of the grant, we aim to play a vital role in capturing this significant opportunity by establishing a robust critical minerals processing sector.

A Cleaner Future

The grant awarded to Austvolt will contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Our Precursor Cathode Active Material manufacturing plant will play a pivotal role in the production of lithium-ion batteries, which are essential for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. By promoting the development of domestic critical minerals projects, Australia will reduce its reliance on imports, decrease carbon emissions, and strengthen its position as a global leader in clean energy technology.

Summing it up

Our grant for establishing the Precursor Cathode Active Material manufacturing plant marks a major milestone in Australia’s critical minerals sector. With significant investments like these, the country is primed to become a key player in the global clean energy market. By diversifying supply chains, creating jobs, and supporting regional development, these critical minerals projects will not only contribute to the country’s economic growth but also drive the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. We are proud to be part of this pivotal moment and are committed to advancing Australia’s clean energy ambitions through our innovative and sustainable solutions.

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Hugh Reynolds

Non-Executive Director