Multi-award-winning Australian technology company Calix Limited has announced it will be joining the $150m Future Battery Industries Co-operative Research Centre (“FBI-CRC”) hosted at WA’s Curtin University.
Calix has been invited to join the FBI-CRC as a key participant given the role its technology could play not only in developing advanced battery materials through its $2.7m proprietary electric reactor BATMn, but also in improving extractive mineral techniques such as Lithium from Spodumene ore.
The FBI-CRC is the largest and most ambitious battery development program in Australia. With $25m in Australian Government support, and the remainder from core industry participants such as BHP, Tianqi Lithium and Galaxy Resources, the ambition of the FBI-CRC is to position Australia as a world leader in innovative energy minerals extraction, processing and upstream battery storage technologies as well as how batteries are used in cities and regions.
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Membership of the FBI-CRC comes on top of Calix’s participation in the Australian Research Council $6.5m StorEnergy industrial innovation training centre (announced August 2018), the EU Horizon 2020 Polystorage (Polymers for Next Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage) program and the Calix-led $9.4m CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries (announced August 2019). The rapid development of these research and development programs, and the associated international networks including global major industrial companies, is a testament to the potential of Calix’s platform technology, and the successful execution of Calix’s strategy to leverage this technology into new industries.
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Calix CEO Phil Hodgson said, “From smartphones, laptops, and handheld electronic gaming devices through to electric vehicles and the energy grid, lithium ion batteries are now an integral part of our everyday lives. The development of smarter, and more resilient, cities will rely on electrical energy storage solutions to power a low-carbon electric transport system, as well as balancing the supply of renewable energy to match the commercial and domestic demand, and as back-up power when conventional supplies fail.
“Calix is looking forward to working with its partners to achieve breakthroughs in future battery technology development.”