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Talga Appoints CEO of European Operations

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Monday, October 19, 2020
Battery anode and graphene company Talga Resources is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Phillips as the Chief Executive Officer of its European operations.

The appointment of Mr Phillips as CEO Europe follows Talga’s significant progress in building an ultra-low emission anode supply chain in Europe for greener lithium-ion batteries. Talga’s vertically integrated Vittangi Anode Project is steadily moving towards construction with 19,000tpa of anode capacity planned to start in 2023 and further expansion options currently being scoped.

As CEO Europe, Mr Phillips will focus on delivering on Talga’s technical and commercial initiatives underway in Europe including partner development with Mitsui and other parties, as well as Talga’s growing list of local European and global battery customer engagements.

Prior to joining Talga as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Mr Phillips was the former Commercial Manager of Iluka Resources Ltd, responsible for implementation of business growth and development strategies and M&A. His previous positions included engineering and management roles in battery recycling programs and smelting innovations at MIM’s Mt Isa and UK operations.

In addition to his role as CEO Europe Mr Phillips will continue to oversee Talga’s operations as the Company’s COO. Mr Phillips will remain based in Europe, dividing his time between the UK and Sweden, and reporting to the Talga Board.

Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson commented: “Our maturing stage of development means this is the right time to further strengthen our European leadership. Martin’s experience, having been the COO of Talga for several years and previous Commercial Manager of international mineral sands producer Iluka Resources, will be invaluable in bringing Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project into production. This is a pivotal time for the Company and we are fortunate to have Martin leading our European operations going forward.”

Talga Non-Executive Chairman Terry Stinson commented: “Martin is an excellent choice for the role and his appointment as CEO Europe will strengthen local executive leadership to better support our strategic goals and objectives. Martin will continue to work in conjunction with Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson to deliver on our goal of becoming Europe’s largest producer of ultra-low emission natural graphite anode for lithium-ion batteries.”

Tags:  Battery  Graphene  Li-ion Batteries  Mark Thompson  Martin Phillips  Talga Resources  Terry Stinson 

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CSIRO Electrochemical Energy Storage Series Presentation

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Battery anode and graphene additives company Talga Resources is pleased to provide a copy of the presentation delivered at the CSIRO Electrochemical Energy Storage Series earlier today, 14 October 2020.

The presentation is available on the Company’s website via the link below:(http://www.talgaresources.com/irm/content/presentations.aspx?RID=301)

Tags:  Battery  CSIRO  Energy Storage  Graphene  graphene additives  Talga Resources 

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Talga Fast-Tracks Mass-Producible Silicon Anode Product

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Battery anode company Talga Resources is pleased to provide an update on the commercial progress of its silicon anode lithium-ion battery product Talnode®-Si.

Following the concluded Faraday UK ‘Safevolt’ project (ASX:TLG 26 March 2018) and encouraging early test results (ASX:TLG 24 Oct 2018 and 19 Feb 2019), further technical and commercial development of Talnode®-Si has been underway at Talga’s facilities in Europe.

Results from this latest phase of development show continued success of Talga’s silicon anode approach which uses lower-cost metallurgical-grade silicon (see Figure 1) for a high-energy density anode with mass-producibility potential.

In conjunction with in-house product optimisation, full-cell customer testing has been progressing under confidentiality and material transfer agreements with multiple battery manufacturers and auto OEMs in Europe and USA. Positive results from initial tests in unoptimised (commercial electrolyte and non pre-litheated) Li-ion battery cells have been received and are encouraging to fast-track further development and potential commercialisation.

To address the increased commercial sample demand Talga has shifted its Talnode®-Si sample production onto industrial scalable process and production equipment, boosting the Company’s Talnode®-Si sample production capacity 10x.

This is sufficient to deliver into fast-growing product development and customer qualification programs, and further highlights the scalability of Talga’s silicon anode production approach.

Commenting on the silicon anode advancements, Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson said: “The positive trajectory of interest in Talnode®-Si from battery customers and our emerging project development partners is most pleasing. The recent market recognition of our pragmatic approach in using metallurgical-grade silicon to provide performance at significantly lower potential cost is a sign that our team had great forethought in the development of this unique product and process.

We look forward to fast-tracking the development and commercialisation of Talnode®-Si as part of our vertically integrated business strategy to provide high performance anode material at a competitive price and produced to the highest environmental standards.”

Tags:  Battery  Fengming Liu  Graphene  Li-ion Batteries  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Talga Boosts European Natural Graphite Resources

Posted By Graphene Council, Saturday, September 19, 2020
Talga Resources is pleased to announce significant increases in the Company’s natural graphite mineral resources within its wholly-owned Vittangi Graphite Project in northern Sweden.

Talga has completed a review of its four JORC (2012) compliant graphite mineral resources within Vittangi to standardise parameters for increased accuracy in upcoming feasibility studies and enable better mine planning, permitting and reporting.

The review also identified significant new Exploration Targets to be tested along strike and at depth from current resources, providing potential for future additional resource growth. Highlights  of results of the review include:

• Updated Nunasvaara South Mineral Resource Estimate defines 15% increase in total natural graphite resources at Vittangi

• Vittangi graphite mineral resource now stands at 19.5 million tonnes at 24.0% graphite (based on a revised 10% cut-off grade across the project)

• Vittangi remains the world’s highest grade natural graphite resource1, set to play a significant role in battery anode production for the booming electric vehicle market

• Talga’s total graphite resource inventory in Sweden increases to 55.3 million tonnes at 17.5% graphite, representing the largest source of natural graphite defined in Europe2

• Additional growth Exploration Targets totalling 26–46 million tonnes at 20–30% graphite defined within Vittangi and set to be drill-tested for potential further increases in scale

Note that the potential quantity and grade of the Exploration Target is conceptual in nature, there has been insufficient exploration to estimate a Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the estimation of a Mineral Resource.

Commenting on the resource upgrade, Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson said: “We are pleased to continue defining and growing these globally significant and strategically important European graphite deposits.“

“The European Commission recently published an updated list of Critical Raw Materials necessary for the energy transition to a more sustainable society. Natural graphite features on this list of materials vital to European development as it forms nearly half the volume of active materials in electric vehicle batteries, where it is used as the anode.”

“With projected anode demand set to reach 3.2 million tonnes by 20303 the potential of Talga’s Swedish integrated natural graphite anode production facility is significant for the European electric vehicle supply chain and the ‘green’ economy.

Tags:  Batteries  Graphene  Graphite  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Quarterly Activities Report and Appendix 5B 30 June 2020

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, July 16, 2020
Battery anode and graphene additives company Talga Resources Ltd is pleased to report its activities for the quarter ending 30 June 2020.
June 2020 quarter activities included:

COMMERCIAL & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
• Battery anode agreement with Farasis Energy
• Talnode®-C customer interest exceed 300% of planned annual production
• Forecast demand drive consideration of significant anode capacity expansion in Niska Scoping Study
• Talga in Bentley Motors electric drive project

MINERAL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & EXPLORATION
• Swedish National Interest supports Vittangi Graphite Project development
• Full scale (Stage 2) mining applications submitted for Vittangi Anode Project
• Stage 1 feasibility studies set for completion

CORPORATE & INVESTOR RELATIONS
• Talga graphene and battery anode webinar participation
• COVID-19 measures continue
• Cash balance of A$5.1 million as at 30 June 2020

Managing Director, Mr Mark Thompson: “We are delighted to advance our commercial relationship with Li-ion battery manufacturer Farasis, who are in a strategic partnership as supplier to Mercedes-Benz, and continue to deepen Talga’s engagement with battery producers and end users attracted to our EU-local and low CO2 anode production potential.

While the period was marked by the impact of COVID-19, our dedicated team never stopped performing and continued to deliver commercial progress across all our product lines. Most notable is the significant expressions of  interest in our Li-ion battery anode products and the solid progress we have made towards becoming Europe’s largest anode producer, perfectly positioned on the doorstep of the world’s fastest growing EV market.

In the next quarter we will continue to advance partnerships to support the development and financing of the Vittangi project, and complete a range of studies to map out its larger scale production potential in step with our customer demands.”

Tags:  Bentley Motors  Graphene  Graphite  Li-ion Batteries  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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EU demand leads to Talga expanding battery plant

Posted By Graphene Council, Friday, June 26, 2020
Overwhelming European demand sees Australia’s battery anode company Talga Resources plan for expanded output at its new Swedish battery anode factory.

Expressions of interest received for Talga’s lithium-ion battery anode products exceed 300% of planned annual capacity of the Vittangi Anode Project, the company says.

Talnode products are now in 36 active commercial engagements covering the majority of planned European li-ion battery manufacturers and six major global automotive OEMs.

Talga says it’s expanding the scale of the Niska scoping study for the Vittangi Project to review larger anode production options as a result of this significant interest.

Li-ion battery megafactories are set to require more than 2.5 million tonnes per annum (tpa) active anode material by 2029, up from about 450,000 tpa anode production today, with Europe the fastest growing market.

That’s because worldwide li-ion battery demand continues to rapidly increase, with global battery manufacturing capacity set to exceed 2.5 tera-Watt hours (TWh) per annum by 2029 across 142 battery plants.

“Our engagement with European battery companies and automotive OEMs has grown rapidly, with customers attracted by the potential of locally produced anode at competitive costs and with world-leading sustainability,” Talga managing director Mark Thompson says.

”As we progress Talnode-C through commercial qualification stages with customers it is pleasing to note that interest now greatly exceeds our original planned production, and that the need to review expansion options has arisen this early.”

The increased interest means the company is targeting completion of the Niska scoping study in Q3 2020.

While COVID-19 has severely impacted EV sales in the short term, Bloomberg New Energy Finance data shows EV sales hold up better than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles due to new (lower cost) models and supportive government policies.

In the quarters prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, EV sales as a percentage of total passenger vehicles rose rapidly in the EU, with Germany and France recording increases of 100% during the period.

Numerous countries across Europe have implemented some form of financial incentives towards customer uptake of EVs, and post COVID-19 these have increased markedly in some countries.

Talga is entering the European market at a time when 100% of anode supply is still sourced from Asia. The company’s marketing team reports that, post COVID-19, localisation is becoming an increasingly significant factor influencing customer’s purchasing decisions.

Tags:  Battery  Graphene  Li-ion batteries  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Talga Looks to Expand Battery Anode Capacity

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Battery  anode  company Talga  Resources  Ltd is  pleased  to provide an update on the development of the Vittangi Anode Project in northern Sweden.   As part of this  on-going  development  the  Company  is  engaging  directly  with  lithium-ion  (“Li-ion”)  battery manufacturers towards purchase agreements for its planned anode production.

Commercial   samples   of   Talnode-C,   and   in   some   cases   Talnode-Si,   are   progressing   through confidential  qualification  processes  under  36  active  customer  engagements.  These  include  the majority of announced Li-ion battery manufacturers in Europe (see Figure 1) and six of the world’s major automotive OEMs.

Expressions of Interest received by engaged parties for supply of Talnode-C in 2023 exceeds three times the annual production capacity proposed in the Company’s Pre-feasibility Study1. As a result of this  interest,  Talga  is  expanding  the  Niska  Scoping  Study  underway  to  evaluate  significantly  larger anode production options for the overall Vittangi Project.

Commenting on the Company’s progress, Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson said: “Our engagement  with  European  battery  companies  and  automotive  OEMs  has  grown  rapidly,  with customers attracted by the potential of locally produced anode at competitive costs and with world- leading  sustainability.     As  we  progress  Talnode-C  through  commercial  qualification  stages  with customers it is pleasing to note that interest now greatly exceeds our original planned production, and that the need to review expansion options has arisen this early.”

Planning for expansion of anode production – Niska scoping study

Based on the strong interest from industry and the anticipated permitting timeframes in Sweden, the  Company  has  decided  to  expand  the  Niska  scoping  study  of  the  Vittangi  Project  to  review significantly  larger  anode  production  options.  The  outcomes  will  be  in  addition  to  the  current Nunasvaara South PFS production plan of 19,000 tpa*.

This  scoping  study  is  underway  on Talga’s  three  Vittangi  graphite  resources  not  currently  in  the PFS; Nunasvaara North, Niska South and Niska North (“Niska Scoping Study”), all located within approximately  2.5km  kilometres  north  of  Nunasvaara  South  (see  Figure  2).    Collectively  these JORC  resources  total  6.5  million  tonnes  at  26.8%Cg  (see  Table  1),  including  a  higher  grade resource domain at Nunasvaara North of 900,000 tonnes at 33.0%Cg (see Table 2).

A  mining  study  supporting  the  larger  scale  project  has  been  completed,  and  metallurgical  and battery  product  testwork  on  composite  samples  is  underway.  Due  to  the  significant  increase  in scale, the Company is targeting completion of the Niska Scoping Study in Q3 2020.

Li-ion anode market growth

Worldwide Li-ion battery demand continues to rapidly increase, with global battery manufacturing capacity set to exceed 2.5 tera-watt hours (TWh) per annum by 2029 across 142 battery plants. This will require >2,500,000 tpa of graphite anode, up from ~450,000 tpa anode production today. Europe  is  the  world’s  fastest  growing  region  for  Li-ion  battery  manufacturing  and  will  require
500,000 tpa of new graphite anode supply by 2029.2

While the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 has severely impacted electric vehicle (“EV”) sales in the short  term,  Bloomberg  New  Energy  Finance  data3  shows  EV  sales  hold  up  better  than  internal combustion engine vehicles due to new (lower cost) models and supportive government policies.

In the quarters prior to the COVID-19 outbreak EV sales as % of total passenger vehicles rose rapidly  in  the  EU,  with  Germany  and  France  recording  increases  of  100%  during  the  period4. Numerous countries across Europe have implemented some form of financial incentives towards customer uptake of EVs, and post COVID-19 these have increased markedly in some countries5.

Competent Persons Statement

The Niska Mineral Resource estimate was first reported in the Company’s announcement dated 15 October  2019  titled  ‘Talga  Substantially  Increases  Flagship  Graphite  Resource  Size,  Grade  and Status’. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects  the  information  included  in  the  previous  market  announcement  and  that  all  material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the Resource estimate in the previous market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.

The Nunasvaara Mineral Resource estimate was first reported in the Company’s announcement dated 27 April 2017 titled ‘Talga boosts Swedish graphite project with maiden Niska resource’. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the previous market announcement and that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the Resource estimate in the previous market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.

The Nunasvaara Ore Reserve statement was first reported in the Company’s announcement dated 23 May 2019 titled ‘Outstanding PFS results support Vittangi graphite development’. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included  in  the  previous  market  announcement  and  that  all  material  assumptions  and  technical parameters underpinning the Reserve estimate in the previous market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.

Tags:  Automotive  Battery  Graphene  Graphite  Li-ion Batteries  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Vittangi Project Supported by National Interest Demarcation

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, June 18, 2020
Battery anode and graphene additives company Talga Resources Ltd is pleased to advise of positive developments at its 100% owned Vittangi graphite project in northern Sweden (“Vittangi”).

A recent decision by the Swedish Geological Survey (“SGU”) completed the demarcation of Vittangi as a mineral deposit of national interest1. This designation adds support to consider the exploitation of Vittangi as a mineral deposit when government authorities review development plans and any potential competing land uses.

Under the Swedish Environmental Code, deposits of valuable substances or materials can be defined as being of national interest, meaning municipalities and central government agencies may not authorise activities that might prevent or significantly hinder exploitation of the mineral deposit. The national interest area covers the entirety of Talga’s currently defined Vittangi graphite resources (see Table 1 below), and undrilled extensional deposits, as detailed in Figure 1.

The SGU noted the Vittangi graphite deposit's significance to the country's supply capacity and its special material properties and concluded the deposit constitutes a unique natural asset of valuable substances or materials.

Further, they consider locally produced graphite could help strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish battery manufacturing industry and that, as the known highest grade graphite deposit in the world, Vittangi could “meet a great need not only within Sweden but internationally”.
The decision2 takes note of the European Commission’s listing of graphite as a critical raw material and their warning that a lack of access to such critical commodities could slow the development of fossil-free energy sources.

Commenting on SGU’s decision, Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson said: "We welcome SGU’s decision as a positive and timely development following Talga’s recent lodgement of the Vittangi Graphite Project mining permit applications, towards becoming Europe’s first vertically integrated producer of Li-ion battery active anode material."

SGU Decision Background
In preparing the demarcation SGU obtained extensive information on the Vittangi Graphite Project including details relating to its geology and material properties. The demarcation defines the boundaries of the original declaration of Nunasvaara as a deposit of national interest which contained only a centre co-ordinate. Results from Talga’s extensive exploration work were made available during the investigation and SGU carried out their own detailed electromagnetic survey to assist in the demarcation, which covers approximately 20km strike of graphite mineralisation.

Competent Persons Statement
The Nunasvaara Mineral Resource estimate was first reported in the Company’s announcement dated 27 April 2017 titled ‘Talga Substantially Increases Flagship Graphite Resource Size, Grade and Status’. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the previous market announcement and that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the Resource estimate in the previous market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.

The Niska Mineral Resource estimate was first reported in the Company’s announcement dated 15 October 2019 titled ‘Talga boosts Swedish graphite project with maiden Niska resource’. The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the previous market announcement and that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the Resource estimate in the previous market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.

Tags:  Graphene  Graphite  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Battery anode agreement with Farasis Energy

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Australian battery anode provider Talga Resources Ltd is pleased to advise the Company has entered an agreement with Farasis Energy Europe GmbH (“Farasis”), a subsidiary of Farasis Energy Inc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries.

Talga is building a European anode production facility for lithium-ion batteries using the Company’s proprietary material technologies, wholly owned Swedish carbon source and 100% electricity from renewable energy sources. As part of the agreement between Talga and Farasis (“Agreement”), Talga will supply coated (‘active’) anode products for evaluation in Farasis batteries and assessment of potential business development opportunities, primarily in Europe.

Talga Managing Director, Mr Mark Thompson: “Following successful initial tests, we are very pleased to continue this progress in collaboration with the experienced Farasis team. Talga is making substantial progress in commercialising its European lithium-ion battery anode products, and demand is growing rapidly, particularly in the EV market. We look forward to working together with Farasis to advance our anode materials for their innovative energy storage solutions.”

Anode Market Background and Agreement Details
Talga is a developing lithium-ion battery anode producer in Sweden, utilising vertical integration and wholly owned technology to supply cost competitive and high-quality anode to European battery markets. The Company’s operations in northern Sweden use fossil free hydroelectricity, enabling Talga’s position as a low-emission leader in anode production and a secure local partner for the emerging European battery supply chain.

Europe is undergoing unprecedented growth in the demand for lithium-ion batteries, driven by the move to electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. This creates new demand for sustainable and locally sourced battery anode materials, such as Talga’s. In addition, global EV battery demand is forecast to grow 14-fold by 2030, which would require approximately 1.7 million tonnes of anode material per annum1.

Under the non-binding Agreement Talga agrees to supply Farasis with lithium-ion battery anodes in quantities as mutually agreed and required, with no contractually obligated minimum quantity, for evaluation and business development purposes. The Agreement is valid until 2024 and either party can choose to withdraw at any time via standard termination clauses, not constituting binding commercial terms. All of Talga’s intellectual property rights remain unaffected by the Agreement

The Company is unable to quantify the economic benefits to Talga arising from the Agreement at this stage. Further terms, including quantity and pricing, are subject to negotiations throughout evaluation and development, and in the event commercially binding contracts are entered into Talga will inform the market. However, Talga recognises Farasis commercial relationships, particularly with European automotive manufacturers2, to be well aligned with its developing Swedish anode business.

Tags:  Battery  energy storage  Farasis Energy Europe GmbH  Graphene  Li-ion batteries  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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Talga in Innovate UK Electric Drive Project for Bentley Motors E-Axle

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Battery anode and graphene additives provider Talga Resources Ltd is pleased to announce it has been approved for Innovate UK co-funding to support development of an e-axle designed for Bentley Motors.

The OCTOPUS project aims to deliver the ultimate single unit e-axle solution designed specifically to meet Bentley Motors performance specifications via optimised motor and power electronics technology and materials. The project is funded under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ and Innovate UK’s “IDP15: The Road to Zero Emission Vehicles” competition.

Under the project Talga will develop and provide graphene materials for the high performance electric motor windings to deliver an aluminium-based solution aimed at outperforming, and ultimately replacing, the copper windings currently used.

The improved motor windings form part of the project’s aim of developing next generation lightweight high performance component systems that integrate the latest advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. The components are to be tested at sub-system and system level for an integration route into future e-axle designs.

Talga Managing Director, Mark Thompson: “We are delighted to engage in jointly developing Bentley Motors’ e-axle concept with our consortium partners and are honoured to have earned Innovate UK’s continued support.

The successful use of Talga graphene material to lend aluminium the properties required to outperform copper in electric motors would be a big advancement. For automotive manufacturers this could reduce vehicle weight and increase performance, safety and driving range while retaining sustainability and economics. Lightweight and high performance automotive components perfectly complement our Li-ion battery anode products, and the advancement could pave the way for opportunities to replace copper wire in many large-scale applications globally.”

Project and Funding Details
The OCTOPUS project funding extends to completion at end of 2022 and during this time Talga will retain current and arising intellectual property in its field. The Company can choose to withdraw from the project at any time and standard termination clauses typical of consortium project contracts apply.

Innovate UK has approved funding to the value of ~£3.6 million for the OCTOPUS project. Talga is eligible for ~£224,000 of this project funding, representing approximately 70% of Talga’s total contribution, to be provided in quarterly instalments over the funding period.

At this stage the Company cannot quantify the economic benefits to Talga from participating in the project. However the relationship with consortium partners and commercial potential of the arising products is well aligned with Talga's growing advanced materials and technologies for applications in zero emission vehicles. 

Tags:  Bentley Motors  Graphene  Mark Thompson  Talga Resources 

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