A new initiative supporting the world's biggest lithium producer to become a hub for battery technology innovation

Supercharge Australia will develop an ecosystem to support lithium battery innovation and capture more value from the lithium battery supply chain. Backed by Boundless, it is the first initiative of the recently announced partnership between global clean energy startup accelerator New Energy Nexus, and Australia and New Zealand’s largest climate tech startup accelerator EnergyLab.

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The problem we're solving

The global clean energy transition will be driven in a large part by batteries.

Fact

Despite producing almost 60% of the world’s lithium, Australia retains less than 1% of the US$200 billion and rising annual product value, with 98% of the lithium mined in Australia being refined overseas.

More can be achieved

Australia can do more than “dig and ship” lithium: it can be a leader in lithium battery technology, from extraction to advanced battery and EV manufacturing.

With benefits for the climate

This is good news for the global climate, but also for the thousands of jobs that will be created  in the process.

The Plan

We need much more activity across all phases of the lithium battery value chain, which requires more investment and more startups to meet the innovation challenge. EnergyLab and its international partner, New Energy Nexus, are perfectly positioned to connect startups and players in the lithium battery value chain with international partners and expertise.

Accelerate

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Incubating and developing startups in the lithium battery value chain, launching the Supercharge Australia Innovation Challenge in early 2023. Applications are now open.

Connect

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Bringing the industry together to understand where innovation is required. This includes leveraging New Energy Nexus’ global expertise, and its role in the US Department of Energy’s Lithium Bridge project to accelerate the development of a domestic supply

International Expansion

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Building the profile of lithium battery startups and connecting them with international markets, especially in the USA

Key Contacts

EnergyLab has supported startups focused on clean energy and climate tech since 2017, Supercharge Australia means we can provide support and focus on the startups innovating in the lithium battery value chain. Australia is well positioned to capture the full value of the battery and electrification revolution. If you’re an aspiring founder, a startup, an investor, an expert, an industry player in this space and want to see growth supercharged then get involved

We call all Australian startups along the lithium battery value chain to massively grow Australia and the world’s most carbon-efficient and cost-effective lithium battery industry. If Australia can produce more throughout the lithium battery value chain, faster, cheaper, better, then that’s good news for the global climate, and Australia’s economy

Australia can become a leader in lithium battery technology, from sourcing to advanced battery and EV manufacturing, and capture massive market opportunities as the world electrifies. But to do this, we need much more activity across all phases of the lithium battery value chain, and this requires more investment and more startups to meet the innovation challenge

Get involved

Help supercharge Australia's lithium battery value chain

Please email [email protected] if you have any other questions.