Australian graphite company Talga Resources will set up a
world-first graphene demonstration plant in central Germany at a cost of less
than $1 million.
The new plant is estimated to be able to scale up to output
100 to 200 tonnes per annum with production to begin towards the end of 2015.
The Talga Bulk Sample/Trial mine located in northern Sweden
will send graphite products to the new demonstration plant in Thuringia for
Although the plant in Germany will allow fast tracking of
the trial product, Talga expects to set up full-scale processing plant in
The new plant will be the first to demonstrate commercial
scales of direct ore-to-graphene process suitable for industrial volumes for
customer samples or sale.
Talga managing director Mark Thompson said the decision to
proceed with a demonstration plant followed Talga’s success in moving its
high-grade Swedish graphite ores from laboratory to bench top scale and
replicating graphene process results.
“The next stage of development will expand to a locked-cycle
demonstration scale plant able to produce meaningful quantities of graphene and
by-product graphite for larger customer samples and/or material graphene sales
in 2015,” he said.
“Pending final design, the new German plant has the
potential to be one of the largest graphene production facilities in Europe.”
The plant will be run by a wholly owned subsidiary company
of Talga Resources called Talga Advanced Materials GmbH.
The plants technical director, Dr Georg Hochwimmer will
coordinate establishment of the plant, finalisation of the demonstration plant design,
construction and commissioning, and will continue to liase with Talga’s
collaborating research organisations and industry.
Talga is currently undertaking due diligence on financial
incentive packages and non-refundable loans offered by the State Development
Corporation of Thuringia and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation.