A bid has been made for a Future Batteries Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to be headquartered in Perth.

The State Government will invest $5.5 million through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and $500,000 from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

“As the nation’s one-stop shop for battery materials including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, vanadium, graphite and rare earth elements, Western Australia is well-placed to host a battery industries CRC,” Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston, said.

“The McGowan Government is proud to be a partner in a project of global significance with the potential to transform the nation’s use of energy through collaborative research.”

At the end of stage one of the bid on 3 July 2018, industry and research institutions had committed about $27 million and the Federal Government stands to invest $25 million.

“A CRC based in Perth will provide substantial economic benefits and create new jobs in the growing battery metals and mining equipment, technology and services sectors,” Mr Johnston said.

The final decision on which bid will be successful is expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2019.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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