Australia-based technology minerals company, Talga Resources, is actively developing graphene materials and graphene-based applications across many areas, including coatings, batteries, construction materials, composites and more.
Mark Thompson, Talga’s managing director, was kind enough to update us on Talga’s graphene program and answer a few questions we had.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Mark. Can you quickly update us on your graphite mine operation in Sweden?
Talga has over 20 years of graphite mining potential outlined in economic studies to date and currently extracts intermittently what it needs for scale up and testing purposes. Talga mined approximately 5,000 tonnes of graphite ore during 2015-16 trial mining operations. Further extraction is not required for now but permitting for the future larger scale operations is underway.
Q: In September 2016 Talga commissioned the 2nd phase of its pilot test facility in Germany. I understand that the annual processing capacity is 30 tons. Is that now in operation? Will it be possible to expand production if/when required?
The Rudolstadt test facility in Germany has been fantastic in upscaling the process to real industrial scale potential and operates single shift 5 days week at present. Under the same conditions an expansion to over 4 times the Phase 2 scale is planned and undergoing design and engineering. Further scale ups in Germany are possible but will be weighed up against when we build much larger processing capacity in Sweden which is the longer term goal.
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Editor’s Note: Ron Mertens is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Graphene Association which is holding the first US conference that focuses on the rapid commercialization of graphene in Nashville, Oct. 28-29, 2017. (www.nationalgrapheneassociation.com).