Australian Vanadium Limited appoints engineering group Primero to construct its vanadium electrolyte manufacturing in Western Australia

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Australian Vanadium Limited has appointed the engineering Primero Group to construct its vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility in Western Australia.

It will be designed to produce up to 33 MWh per year of vanadium flow battery high purity electrolyte.

It also said it appointed Simon Rough, an experienced operations professional, to safely manage construction. He will see the plant into production.

His extensive experience in vanadium processing and sulphuric acid production makes him “a perfect fit” to lead the team to successful production of high-quality electrolyte, the company said in a statement.

Rough has safely led teams in hydro and pyrometallurgical operations, vanadium processing and sulphuric acid production, AVL said.

The company holds the exclusive licence of US Vanadium’s process technology for manufacturing vanadium electrolyte for Australia and New Zealand.

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Vanadium could be the next lithium for big battery tech

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Big batteries across Australia could one day be powered by a little-known element called vanadium and manufactured onshore, an industry leader says. The silvery-grey metal is the latest “pit to grid” sensation for electricity system operators, although most people have never heard of it.

“Seven years ago lithium was in the same spot,” Australian Vanadium CEO Graham Arvidson believes that vanadium has the potential to be the next big thing in energy storage. Australia is home to almost one-third (or 31 per cent) of the world’s vanadium, according to Geoscience Australia, but none of it is mined.

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