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REACTOR OPENING RAMPS UP VICTORIAN BATTERY INDUSTRY

22-11-2019
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Calix CEO Phil Hodgson

Calix has opened its BATMn reactor for advanced battery materials at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. The BATMn is a $2.7 million proprietary electric reactor, based on Calix’s core technology, for producing advanced battery materials. It has been part-funded by the Australian government through the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund.

Speaking at the official opening by Senator David Van, Calix CEO Phil Hodgson said, “The rapid growth in electric vehicles and renewable energy is creating a global need for more efficient, cheaper, higher-capacity and more sustainable energy storage options.

“While a large part of this growth has been enabled through the performance of lithium-ion batteries, the issues around the cost, capacity, safety and sustainability of current lithium-ion batteries will increasingly limit this growth.

“There is a need for advanced materials for lithium-ion batteries that deliver superior performance and safety at lower cost while at the same time reducing environmental impact. With BATMn, and our expanded network of research institutes and major industrial players, this exactly what Calix is trying to achieve.”

Calix is also investing in local talent. The BATMn facility will host two PhD students and a post-doctorate researcher with more to follow, through Calix’s involvement in the Australian Research Council funded Industrial Innovations Training Centre, storEnergy based out of Deakin University.

Hodgson added, “BATMn is a cutting-edge, industry-led centre that positions these students at the forefront of technology. We believe that they will gain valuable industry experience, while at the same time contributing to solving the global challenge of sustainable battery options for the future.”

Speaking at the opening, Senator David Van said: “Calix’s BATMn reactor is evidence of Australia’s bright future in advanced manufacturing.

“The Government’s investment into these projects shows our commitment to growing the battery industry, which drives job creation and economic growth.”

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