Trash to treasure: copper mine waste could hold key to renewable revolution

26 October 2021

Queensland copper mine waste could deliver a key ingredient for the renewable energy revolution thanks to a three-year international study.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart announced a three-way agreement between the Palaszczuk Government, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and the University of Queensland which will examine whether cobalt – a globally-sought-after critical mineral and a key battery ingredient – can be retrieved economically from old copper mine tailings.

“This research could help unlock the state’s potential as a major global supplier of ethically sourced cobalt and battery manufacturing right here in Queensland,” Mr Stewart said.

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