Advanced Lightweight Alloys
The Sunrise Battery Materials Complex hosts one of the world’s largest and highest grade accumulations of scandium ever discovered. While the potential applications of scandium are broad, Sunrise Energy Metals has focused on two key areas: aluminium scandium alloys for light-weighting the global transport industry and the use of scandium in solid oxide fuel cells.
While the solid oxide fuel cell industry has been the dominant consumer of scandium in recent years, scandium’s greatest value lies in the functional properties it imparts as an alloy in aluminium. Aluminium-scandium (AlSc) alloys represent one of the largest untapped opportunities for delivering light-weighting solutions to the global transport sector.
The absence of a reliable supply of scandium has been the limiting factor in developing this market. This is set to change as scandium from primary mine production is brought on stream and expanded.
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