Needed for advanced technology manufacturing
Critical minerals are components in indispensable technologies like mobile phones, computers, and defence and medical equipment. Many critical minerals are also used in the manufacture of clean technologies like EVs, wind turbines, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries.
The Australian Government has named 26 critical minerals, which were chosen based on their geological value and export potential, particularly with partner countries like the United Kingdom, United States, India, Japan, South Korea, and Canada. The critical minerals are listed here and in the Critical Minerals Strategy 2023–2030.
Mineral production or processing monopolies by specific countries or companies can pose significant threats to critical mineral supply chains. Such dominance has the potential to restrict availability and disrupt global access. Australia can reduce these risks by fulfilling more of this supply chain onshore.
Butcherbird Manganese Project
E25’s Butcherbird Manganese Project aims to extract this essential mineral for batteries while using zero carbon. They have been leading the charge in clean processing whilst working towards ESG transparency in the Manganese supply chain.
Lithium Australia recycle batteries, develop advanced battery materials for EVs and energy storage, and seek sustainable lithium conversion methods.
Mount Peake V-Ti-Fe project
Tivan’s Mount Peake project aims to extract vanadium pentoxide and other minerals that are critical components of alternative battery storage technologies.
The Nolans Project centres on one of the world’s most significant rare earths deposits which are critical to production of electric vehicles, wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies. Once operational, the project has capacity to supply about 5% of forecast future global praseodymium (NdPr) demand.
Affordable renewable hydrogen opens up a world of manufacturing possibilities.
The Cleantech Showcase lists examples of projects that are capable of propelling us towards a prosperous, zero emissions Australia.
This list is not exhaustive and many more comparable projects may exist.
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