Archer partners with UNSW on carbon-based battery technology

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Adelaide-based mining company, Archer Exploration has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to develop and implement Archer’s graphite and graphene materials for use in energy storage system applications targeting lithium-ion batteries.

The primary focus of the collaboration is on the rational design of high-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries using graphite and graphene sourced from Archer’s Campoona deposit.

This work is expected to result in the development of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries and implementation of these electrodes in a number of advanced application full-cell and half-cell configurations.

The global lithium-ion battery market is forecast to increase to US$130 billion (AUD$167 billion) by 2028. Lithium-ion battery devices service a number of growing market segments where high-power density and long life-times are required at ambient and near-ambient conditions.

Transportation and mobility (electrical vehicles), mobile devices and computing and intermittent renewable energy sources are some areas of application.