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hte equips FBICRC project with precipitation unit for battery materials research

HEIDELBERG [November 25, 2021]

hte – the high throughput experimentation company was awarded the contract to supply a customized 4-fold precipitation unit to a flagship research project funded by the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC).

The FBICRC has approved funding for a Cathode Precursor Materials Pilot Plant project which is being led by Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering in Perth, Australia, and involves government and 14 supporting industry participants and four research partners, including Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). The 4-fold precipitation unit will be used as part of research into precipitation reactions in the field of battery materials, in particular the preparation of precursors for cathode materials.

The unit consists of 4 individual precipitation reactor systems that can be operated either in continuous or batch mode utilizing solid/liquid separators. The reactors can accommodate operating temperatures from 20 °C to 70 °C under ambient pressure. The system is fully automated and supported by hte’s proprietary software solution, hteControl, to allow for safe and unattended operation 24/7. The software interface includes experiment documentation and reporting functionalities. hte’s long-term experience in the field of material synthesis and automation is applied in the engineering of this unit with proven technology for battery research.

Chief Executive Officer, Stedman Ellis, said the Cathode Precursor Materials Pilot Plant project is a key priority for the FBICRC. “The Cathode Precursor Materials Pilot Plant project aims to develop and demonstrate the technical and processing capabilities that will be needed to manufacture nickel-rich and cathode-active materials here in Western Australia (WA). Curtin University’s leadership of this important research provides a platform to build on the existing investment in battery chemicals plants currently underway in WA,” Stedman said.

Wolfram Stichert, CEO of hte, comments: “We are pleased to have been selected by Curtin University, a key participant in the FBICRC, and that our technology will be used in the area of battery materials, which is currently in high demand.”

About hte

At hte – the high throughput experimentation company, we make R&D in the area of catalysis faster and more productive. We enable cost-effective innovations and reduced time-to-market for new products, thereby allowing our customers in the energy & refining, chemical & petrochemical, and environmental industries to keep ahead of the competition.

Our technology and services comprise:

  • R&D Solutions: highly efficient contract research programs at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg, German
  • Technology Solutions: integrated hardware and software solutions, enabling our customers to establish high throughput workflows in their own laboratories.

Our customers benefit from broad technical and scientific expertise, exceptional customer orientation, complete end-to-end solutions, and outstanding data quality. Our close ties with BASF guarantee long-term orientation and stability.

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Further information about the project is available via the FBICRC’s website:
FBICRC Press Release

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