MEMBER COMPANY OF THE COBALT INSTITUTE
The Cobalt Institute (CI) is a non-profit trade association composed of producers, users, recyclers, and traders of cobalt. The CI promotes the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms.
The CI acts as a knowledge center for governments, agencies, industry, the media and the public on all matters concerning cobalt and cobalt containing substances. The group represents the cobalt industry on cobalt related health, safety, and environmental issues. They also promote co-operation between members and provide a mechanism for the development of independent information concerning the resources, production and safe use of cobalt.
Battery Mineral Resources became an Associate Industrial Member of the CI in July 2017 and has been invited to present at the CI Cobalt Conference in Las Vegas, 23-24 May, 2018.
Established working relationships with leading battery researchers include:
- CoG3 includes six UK universities and the UK’s national synchrotron science facility in a multidisciplinary program investigating solutions for the extraction of cobalt from ore deposits. The group is headed by Professor Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London). Battery Mineral Resources has commenced a joint cobalt research project with CoG3 (refer below).
- The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University, Ontario (Dr Ahmad Ghahreman).
- Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong, Australia (Distinguished Prof Shi Xue Dou, Dr Xiao Lu).
- Solid State and Battery Materials Chemistry Study Group UNSW, Sydney (Dr Neeraj Sharma).
- High Performance Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries University of Technology, Sydney (Prof Guoxiu Wang).
The principal aim of CoG3 project is to understand the natural behaviour and biogeochemistry of cobalt in order to develop and apply novel bioprocessing strategies for cobalt extraction, recovery and the synthesis of targeted products using an integrated multi-institute and multidisciplinary approach.
Members of the CoG3 team have commenced research on Battery Mineral Resources' cobalt deposits in Ontario. In late 2017 CoG3 research scientists completed site visits to collect detailed geological information and research material for study. The project is fully funded by a UK government grant and is expected to deliver:
- New knowledge about cobalt residence and behaviour in natural systems
- New bioprocessing strategies for cobalt ores
- Bioengineered and biomineral products
- ‘Mine to product’ concept for cobalt
- Improvement of supply chain
- Promotion of public understanding of cobalt and its place in a modern society