Lava Blue was founded by a group of entrepreneurs with decades of experience in renewable energy, sustainability and advanced technology, and with the objective of producing high value, high purity minerals for the battery industry, via net zero emissions mineral processing.
In 2018 Lava Blue began working with QUT developing processes for refining High Purity Alumina (HPA) from the sapphire bearing kaolin clay deposits at Lava Plains. In May 2021 Lava Blue commenced construction of a mini plant at Redlands Science Park in Brisbane to validate its proprietary processes for making HPA from kaolin.
Lava Blue is planning to develop its production facility in North Queensland and is aiming to produce at least 5,000 tonnes per annum of HPA.
In May 2020, Lava Blue exercised an option to acquire Cloncurry Industrial Minerals (CIM), securing a large High Purity Quartz (HPQ) resource, a material fundamental to the manufacture of photovoltaic solar cells. The CIM acquisition also secured exploration permits over a potential battery minerals resources.