Robert Bosch Australia Pty Limited will design and deliver a pilot Graphene Aluminium Ion battery manufacturing plant for Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd (GMG).
Construction of the Pilot battery plant has commenced with commissioning of the facility expected to begin this month. The plant is located in a new headquarters and production facility in Brisbane.
Robert Bosch Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of the global Bosch Group, which provides integrated production lines, automation, robotics and testing equipment. It will support GMG in developing the automation of the battery assembly process and use the results from the pilot plant to support the development of fully automated plants. The parties’ intent is for Bosch to become GMG’s engineering, design and construction contractor for GMG’s near and long-term battery cell manufacturing facility needs (both coin cell and pouch pack).
GMG’s Managing Director and CEO, Craig Nicol, commented: “We are proud and excited to be partnering with Bosch. They are a major, world leading company in this space with outstanding capability to help provide highly automated, efficient and reliable battery manufacturing plants. We look forward to building a strong long-term partnership with them.”
The company’s investment will allow the pilot plant to produce pouch pack cell format batteries as well coin cell format. This will allow early collaboration with some of GMG’s major potential customers. Pouch pack cells are typically used in personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops, as well as in electric vehicles and grid storage batteries.
GMG is an Australian clean-tech company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange that produces graphene and hydrogen by cracking methane instead of mining graphite. By using the Company’s proprietary process, GMG can produce high quality, low cost, scalable, ‘tuneable’ and no/low contaminant graphene – enabling demonstrated cost and environmental improvements in a number of world-scale planet-friendly/clean-tech applications. Using this low input cost source of graphene, the Company is developing a range of products that target the massive energy efficiency and energy storage markets.
The Company is also pursuing additional opportunities for GMG graphene, including developing next-generation batteries, collaborating with universities in Australia, and investigating the opportunity to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of engine oils, biodiesel and diesel fuels.
GMG’s commitment to an initial commercial G+AI Battery manufacturing plant to produce coin cell format batteries is expected to follow successful commercial G+AI Battery prototype development and a final investment decision. The location of the commercial plant is not yet decided but is expected to be in Australia where GMG’s headquarters and existing operations are located.