Perth to host $53 million Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre
The State Government welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s decision to provide a $25 million funding boost to establish the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) in Western Australia.
The FBICRC will provide industry-led research capability to grow Australia’s competitiveness and contribution in the global battery industries value chain.
The State Government will provide $6 million to support the establishment of the Centre. The FBICRC will be located in Perth and will put the state on the map as a global leader in the production and export of future battery materials, technologies and expertise.
In addition to the funding, State Governments and research partners will provide backing of $28 million cash and $82 million in kind.
Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan said, “Western Australia is emerging as an internationally attractive destination for downstream processing and manufacturing of lithium and other battery minerals.
“The McGowan Government is working hard to capitalise on this opportunity, to create jobs for Western Australians.
“Diversifying the type of battery minerals extracted and processed in the State will enable Western Australia to move up the battery value chain beyond mining and processing.
“The growth of the battery industry’s activities and the adoption of battery technologies in Western Australia will spur domestic investment in research and development.
“This will make the State more competitive and innovative in meeting the needs of the electric vehicle and energy storage markets.”
3 June 2019