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Sydney Branch – September Technical Talk – From Nickel Laterites to Lithium Ion Battery Feedstock

Register now to join the Sydney Branch on Wednesday 18th of September at the AICD offices in Sydney to hear from Dr. Stephen Grocott on "From Nickel Laterites to Lithium Ion Battery Feedstock."

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019

Time: 5:15pm for a 5:45pm Start

Venue:
AICD
18 Jamison Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: Free to attend

Includes: Drinks & Canapes

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Registrations are essential

Join the Sydney Branch for a presentation from Clean Teq & their Sunrise Project encompassing:

  •  Projections for electric vehicle-driven nickel and cobalt demand
  • Implications for nickel products (nickel pig iron, ferronickel, Class I metal and nickel sulfate)
  • Sunrise mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Incremental process design improvements
  • Continuous resin-in-pulp (cRIP) recovery and purification of nickel and cobalt sulfate; how this technology is an enabler for direct production of LIB feedstocks
  • Upstream and downstream benefits of a continuous resin-in-pulp metal recovery process
  • Capturing the scandium by-product
  • How to create a conservative process design – sensors and analysers, process simulation, piloting, hydrometallurgical fundamentals and process modelling

From Nickel Laterites to Lithium Ion Battery Feedstock

The nickel/cobalt world has changed a great deal since the last pressure acid leach projects (Ambatovy, 14-15) were commissioned. The current, and more importantly the future growth in demand for high-purity lithium ion battery (LIB) cathode feedstocks, especially nickel sulfate, is changing the end-user market for nickel and cobalt. Corresponding changes must be made in the producer processes and technologies.

About the Speaker:


Dr Stephen Grocott, Chief Development Officer, Clean TeQ Ltd

Dr Grocott is Chief Technical Development Officer of Clean TeQ Holdings. He is responsible for Clean TeQ’s Technical Development & Technology function. Stephen is also a non-executive director and past Chair of AMIRA International, the world’s largest broker of minerals industry R&D and is Adjunct Professor with RMIT University’s Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry.

Prior to joining Clean TeQ’s Executive Committee, Dr Grocott was previously Chief Advisor – Processing with Rio Tinto, in charge of the Group’s processing technical support, process development and major project capital reviews. Prior to his 9 years with Rio Tinto, he held a similar role in BHP Billiton where he was Global Technology Manager – Minerals Separation & Hydrometallurgy where he led the Group’s Minerals Separation & Hydrometallurgy technical development. He has also supported operations around the world for Alcoa, Comalco, Southern Pacific Petroleum and Worsley Alumina.

Dr Grocott has 35 years’ experience in minerals processing technology and process development and is a world authority in the processing of nickel, cobalt, bauxite/alumina, copper and uranium as well as experienced with rare earths, titania, tailings, oil shale oil, biofuels and sensors & analysers. His expertise includes leaching, crystallisation, SX, electrowinning, IX, beneficiation, solid-liquid separation, tailings, process safety, online analysis, environment (liquid, solid and gaseous emissions). He has created many technologies and processes which are now in commercial use in operations around the globe.

Stephen holds a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Western Australia.

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