Cobalt and nickel are critical components of lithium ion batteries ensuring high energy density and chargeability.
Higher cobalt and nickel levels in lithium ion batteries gives Electrified Vehicles greater range and faster recharge times.
- The battery industry requires the metals specifically as soluble hydrated sulphates to be suitable for the cathode manufacturing process
- Purity of the sulphate product is key to produce high-quality batteries. PFS bench-scale sulphate production confirms that Ardea has the flowsheet to deliver highest-purity cobalt and nickel sulphate products
- Lithium ion battery usage is expected to increase markedly as Electrified Vehicle demand takes off
Goongarrie is a limonite laterite deposit. Efficient dissolution in acid, high metal recoveries, and low undesirable elements mean that Goongarrie is particularly amenable to high-purity sulphate production.
At Goongarrie, an incremental capital cost increase for sulphate circuits is expected to realise substantial revenue benefits.