Unlocking the full economic potential of our energy metals by creating and demonstrating the breakthrough technologies
The global energy transition will depend on the sustainable supply of dozens of metals and related minerals. A recent World Bank analysis revealed how annual demand for lithium and graphite—critical battery elements—could increase by as much as 500% by 2050.
Australia is well positioned to capitalise on this surging demand given our strong resource base. But we can realise even greater economic benefits through sustainably producing refined metals, pre-cursor chemicals, alloys and high-end engineered products.
This mission will seek to unlock the full economic potential of our energy metals by creating and demonstrating the breakthrough technologies that allow those outcomes. In the process, we will help establish new, resilient, and sustainable processing and manufacturing industries and high-technology jobs.
We are collaborating with the Critical Minerals Facilitation Office on an Australian Critical Energy Metals roadmap; supporting the Australian Critical Minerals Strategy to catalyse innovation and to guide Mission priorities in terms of technology investments and collaborations.