QUT researchers will lead key research projects in expanding Australia's battery industry from mining to manufacturing, with the announcement of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.
The Future Battery Industries CRC will involve 58 industry, government and research partners, and has the backing of a $25 million grant from the Federal Government and more than $110 million in support from the research centre's partners.
The CRC, which will help tackle industry-identified gaps in the battery industries value chain, will focus on three research programs: battery industry development; the processing of minerals; metals and materials for batteries and the development of a new battery storage system.
Professor Peter Talbot from QUT's Institute for Future Environments, who last year produced Australia's first lithium-ion battery at QUT's pilot plant precinct at Banyo, will lead the research program into battery materials and storage system development.
The QUT Power Engineering Group will also be involved in activities around development of batteries into the grid and connecting to remote communities and industries.
QUT will also contribute relevant research expertise in business innovation, industry transformation, socio-economic research.
Professor Talbot said battery technology was vital, giving the examples of a $2000 smartphone that was just a brick without a battery or an electric car that could not leave the driveway without an energy storage system.
Professor Talbot said Australia had the resources and skills to produce the "whole picture" of battery technology.
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