ANZAPLAN has uploaded two vanadium white papers to its website to help the mining community in understanding and build further knowledge on vanadium.
Vanadium is a specialty commodity that has a significant role in the steel alloys industry because of its ability to reduce weight, improve toughness, ductility, and strength to the metal. It is mostly consumed as vanadium pentoxide. Today, vanadium is a hot topic because of its use in the energy storage industry. Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB) provides efficient, reliable and cost-effective energy storage.
There are several sources of vanadium in the world with vanadiferous titanomagnetite deposits being the most prominent followed by sandstone-hosted vanadium deposits. Other more unconventional vanadium deposits such as vanadium graphite schists/gneisses are under investigation to extract vanadium from the V bearing mica roscoelite.
Vanadium recovery processes will depend on the vanadium ore deposit. Several processes can be used to extract vanadium starting from physical processing to hydrometallurgical processing. Further refinement of vanadium pentoxide is an important step to achieve high purity vanadium pentoxide to be used in different applications.
Vanadium is mostly used in the steel and iron industry. It is also used in high value applications such as catalysts, aerospace and energy storage. The main use of vanadium in the growing energy storage industry is for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB).
Two vanadium white papers are now available for download. The first white paper covers vanadium’s occurrence, production, deposits and markets. The second white paper covers the different aspects of vanadium processing.
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