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Talga Resources commissions phase 2 pilot scale test facility

Talga Resources Ltd.said April 6 that wet commissioning of its phase two pilot scale test facility inGermany has commenced.

Phase two is an expansion of and improvement on Talga's phase two equipment.It involves processing shaped raw graphite ore from the company's Swedish depositslabs of up to 50 kilograms each in weight. Additional modified cells have beeninstalled to increase total capacity of the facility to 365 kilograms of ore feedat a time.

The increased production capacity will provide Talga with the means to generatelarger and/or multiple samples for different applications and end user requirements,while completing its primary goal to further optimize scalability of the processtechnology.

At full commercial scale, the process aims to deliver industrial volumesof high quality products at competitive prices.

The phase two expansion is an important operational milestone as Talga continuesto scale up and optimize its processing technology, enabling the company to providehigher volume and tailored sample materials for specific industry-based testing.

Talga also said it intends to work with industries that can benefit throughthe availability of large volumes of high-quality, cost-effective graphene and graphiteand then develop high-volume production that meet their product needs.

The company's project development initiatives are advancing as it continuesto make progress with respect to processing know-how and commercial developments.Processing capabilities at the company's Rudokstat-based test-work facility in Germanycontinue to be optimized as the production scale-up continues.

In addition, Talga has entered into a sample supply agreement with a U.S.-basedlithium-ion battery developer under which it will provide graphite for performancetesting in its emerging lithium-ion battery technology. Results will be shared byboth parties.

New programs testing Talga micrographite and graphene in lithium-ion batteryanodes have commenced at the Centre for Advanced Electronics Dresden in Germanyand the Energy Innovation Centre of the University of Warwick in the U.K.

Talga's scoping study assumes the majority of its commercial-scale graphiteoutput would be sold into the low-priced "amorphous graphite" market.However, investigations are underway to ascertain how much of this material couldbe sold into the higher-priced micrographite market.