Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL), formally known as Yellow Rock Resources, is focussed on vanadium at its flagship Gabanintha project in Western Australia.
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Yellow Rock Resources adds battery knowhow as vanadium project develops
Vanadium developer Yellow Rock Resources (ASX:YRR) has taken a key step in entering the high-tech battery market with the appointment of new expertise in the field.
Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the University of NSW will now play a leading role in Yellow Rock's program to establish vanadium electrolyte production from the company's Gabanintha project in Western Australia for use in the rapidly emerging battery industry.
Skyllas-Kazacos will assist Yellow Rock to assess the global market for the vanadium electrolyte used in the batteries and to identify the optimum method of processing Gabanintha vanadium for this market.
She will also assist with Yellow Rock's studies aimed at determining the extent to which the cost of manufacturing vanadium batteries could be reduced by using a mine-quality vanadium product.
The results of these studies will be included in a new scoping study on Gabanintha.
Skyllas-Kazacos played a key role in inventing the all-vanadium redox flow cell battery in 1985 and she has continued developing this technology at the UNSW.
Under her guidance, the UNSW installed a Gildemeister Cell Cube 130kWh vanadium flow battery on the campus earlier this year. The battery will be used to provide power to a university building in conjunction with solar energy and in teaching and battery research.
As the first major installation of a large vanadium redox battery in Australia, it can provide up to 30kW of power for more than four hours.
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