WA's lithium dream a step closer

A WESTERN Australian bid to create a cooperative research centre that would put the state at the heart of the global battery industry has been invited to progress to the next stage.

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Battery charge building for WA CRC bid.

Curtin University is leading the bid for the $100 million Future Battery Industries CRC that aims to connect world-class research and industry to develop the processes and battery applications to make the most of Australia's - and particularly WA's - energy materials bounty.

The national consortium behind the Curtin bid raised about $27 million towards the bid and is seeking $25 million from the federal government through the CRC application process.

The second stage requires a full written business case and the federal government is expected to announce the successful CRC applicants in early 2019.

Curtin University deputy vice-chancellor research Professor Chris Moran said the Future Battery Industries CRC would provide national leadership to harness new ener...