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Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » Hier, 11:50

Ça va pas être si simple pour Tesla dans la Clayton Valley, bien évidemment :
Tesla’s lithium plan faces stark obstacles

Reuters | September 24, 2020

Tesla’s plan to produce lithium for electric vehicle batteries close to its Nevada Gigafactory faces stark challenges from the outset, including an onerous permitting process, uncertain access to water and questions about unproven methodologies.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday Tesla has secured rights to 10,000 acres in Nevada where it aims to produce lithium from clay deposits using a process developed internally.

The move would make Tesla the first company in the world to commercially produce the white metal from clay. Lithium is produced either from brine, commonly found in South America, or spodumene hard rock, usually in Australia.

In Nevada, Tesla plans to mix clay with table salt and then add water, which it says causes a reaction where the salt would leach out with lithium, which can then be extracted. The leftover clay would be put back in the earth to mitigate environmental damage.

“It’s a very sustainable way of obtaining lithium,” said Musk, who did not say where in Nevada the company had obtained the lithium rights or whether development has started.

The plan drew backlash almost immediately, with critics describing Musk’s plan as too simplistic and light on details. Returning rock to the earth after minerals are extracted, for instance, is already common industry practice through the use of tailings dams.

“This plan from Tesla brings up a lot more questions than it answers,” said Chris Berry, an independent lithium industry consultant. “Are we just supposed to take Elon Musk’s word for it that the cost will be lower than existing lithium projects?”

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nevada already has several lithium clay projects under development, including one from Lithium Americas that has been seeking federal permit approval for more than a decade and another from ioneer Ltd.

Lithium Americas has said it is confident it can successfully extract lithium from clay through a process that involves acid leaching. Tesla said its process won’t involve acid, fueling further questions.

“If producing lithium in commercial amounts at battery quality grades from clay was feasible, why isn’t it already being done?” said Berry.

Any lithium project from Tesla would require an intensive application process for necessary permits that could stretch on for years.

“Mining lithium is very challenging,” said Pedro Palandrani of the Global X Lithium & Battery Technology ETF LIT.P, which holds shares in Tesla and lithium producers. “If Tesla really wants to fly solo, we’re talking about four to five years to really see any kind of lithium production.”

Tesla’s plan also would likely require substantial amounts of water, forcing the company to battle with cattle ranchers for access to underground reservoirs in the arid state.

Albemarle Corp operated the only existing U.S. lithium mine at a site roughly 200 miles (322 km) north of Las Vegas until it shut it down last month.

Operational since the late 1960s, the site produced less than 5,000 tonnes of lithium per year, a relatively small amount and far less than Tesla would need.
https://www.mining.com/web/teslas-lithi ... obstacles/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » Hier, 10:24

Au Nevada il y le projet :
Clayton Valley Lithium Project, Nevada, USA
Mené par Cypress Development.

Qui est bien décrit dans cette page
https://cypressdevelopmentcorp.com/proj ... ct-nevada/
Voir la vidéo de 5mn par le CEO de Cypress Development.
Le gisement à environ 1000 ppm, facile d'exploitation qui peut donner lieu à une mine de 27 000 tonnes de Carbonate de Lithium par an pendant 40 ans.

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Cypress owns 100% of the Clayton Valley Lithium Project totalling 5,430 acres in southwest Nevada, USA. The Clayton Valley Project is located immediately east of Albemarle’s Silver Peak mine, North America’s only lithium brine operation, which has been in continuous operation since 1966. Exploration and development by Cypress has discovered a large world-class resource of lithium-bearing claystone adjacent to the brine field to the east and south of Angel Island, an outcrop of Paleozoic carbonates protruding up through the lakebed sediments.

Lithium mineralization occurs within montmorillonite clays throughout the sediments to a depth of at least 120 meters. Metallurgical testing indicates low cost processing can be achieved by leaching with low acid consumption (125 kg/t) and high lithium recovery over 85% Li. These high extractions prove the dominant lithium-bearing minerals present are not hectorite, a refractory clay mineral which requires roasting and/or high acid consumption to liberate the lithium.

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Lithium enriched claystone at Clayton Valley Project in Nevada
https://cypressdevelopmentcorp.com/proj ... ct-nevada/

Voir aussi ce rapport de nov 2018 sur le projet
https://www.caesarsreport.com/reports/r ... -mine-usa/

Avec cette carte.

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Et il y a aussi le projet de Lithium X dans la Clayton Valley, voir le post la dessus du 27 juillet 2016
viewtopic.php?p=391826#p391826
Ils possèdent 15 000 acres de concessions.

J'ai trouvé la carte des concessions de la Clayton Valley

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Clayton Valley Forks Li Project Map -
https://newagemetals.com/clayton-valley-project/


Est ce que la concession de Tesla est à côté de ces gisements ?
Ou bien Tesla vient d'en racheter un gros bout à l'un des propriétaire ?
Mystère

La photo au Battery Day montre bien une zone comme à la Clayton Valley.

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https://electrek.co/2020/09/23/tesla-mi ... es-nevada/

Musk pretend extraire avec un process au Chlorure de Sodium (le sel de cuisine) alors que le process habituel comme décrit par Cypress Development est à l'acide sulfurique.

En tout cas la compétition sur place risque d'être acharnée.

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » Hier, 10:14

Elon Musk à declaré que Tesla va extraire du Lithium d'une concession au Nevada.

Mais aucun détails montrant comment ils vont faire cela.
Tesla bets on mining with Nevada lithium claim
MINING.com Editor | September 23, 2020
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Elon Musk announced the company’s claim on a 10,000-acre lithium clay deposit in Nevada, it signaled that Tesla is officially getting into the mining business.

According to Tesla’s estimates, using its new extraction and processing technology, lithium in Nevada would be enough to support the electrification of the entire US vehicle fleet.

“In about three years from now, we are confident we can make a compelling $25,000 electric vehicle that is also fully autonomous,” said Musk. The Model 3 available now is priced at $37,990.

“We’re gonna go and start building our own cathode facility in North America and leveraging all of the North American resources that exist for nickel and lithium, and just doing that just localizing our cathode supply chain and production, we can reduce miles traveled by all the materials that end up in the cathode by 80%,” said Drew Baglino, Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering at Tesla.

Many new methods of extracting lithium have been discussed in recent years as the needs of electrification have been realised. Most have numerous challenges.

“It would be surprising, although of course not impossible, for Tesla to discover the ‘Holy Grail’ of extraction so soon,” said analyst Wood Mackenzie.

Tesla said it will source spodumene from its own mine in Nevada without intermediaries.
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https://www.mining.com/tesla-bets-on-mi ... ium-claim/

Nickel

par energy_isere » 25 sept. 2020, 00:02

Tesla bets on mining with Nevada lithium claim

MINING.com Editor | September 23, 2020

Tesla revealed its new ‘4680 cell’ at the company’s Battery Day, promising five times more energy capacity and six times more power than previous cells, key factors to fulfill its long-term objective to sell a low cost mass-market electric vehicle.

The company also said it is planning to build its own cathode factory in North America, and when Elon Musk announced the company’s claim on a 10,000-acre lithium clay deposit in Nevada, it signaled that Tesla is officially getting into the mining business.

According to Tesla’s estimates, using its new extraction and processing technology, lithium in Nevada would be enough to support the electrification of the entire US vehicle fleet.

“In about three years from now, we are confident we can make a compelling $25,000 electric vehicle that is also fully autonomous,” said Musk. The Model 3 available now is priced at $37,990.

“We’re gonna go and start building our own cathode facility in North America and leveraging all of the North American resources that exist for nickel and lithium, and just doing that just localizing our cathode supply chain and production, we can reduce miles traveled by all the materials that end up in the cathode by 80%,” said Drew Baglino, Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering at Tesla.

Many new methods of extracting lithium have been discussed in recent years as the needs of electrification have been realised. Most have numerous challenges.

“It would be surprising, although of course not impossible, for Tesla to discover the ‘Holy Grail’ of extraction so soon,” said analyst Wood Mackenzie.

Tesla said it will source spodumene from its own mine in Nevada without intermediaries.
https://www.mining.com/tesla-bets-on-mi ... ium-claim/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 20 sept. 2020, 10:54

Le fabricant de batteries Chinois CATL investi plusieurs millions de dollars dans la société Canadienne Neo Lithium qui opére en Argentine
CATL to invest in Neo Lithium, help develop Argentina mine

Reuters | September 14, 2020

China’s CATL will buy more than 10 million shares of Neo Lithium Corp to become the company’s third-largest shareholder, the latest in a string of investments by Chinese companies into South American lithium projects.

CATL will also gain one seat on Neo Lithium’s board and sit on the company’s technical committee, where it will help Neo draft a feasibility study for its Tres Quebradas Lithium project in Argentina’s northern Catamarca province.

That study will help Neo Lithium attract more investors and firm its timeline for opening the project, which the company hopes will initially produce 20,000 tonnes of lithium.

The deal is expected to close later this year after Chinese government approval. BlackRock Inc will remain Neo Lithium’s largest shareholder.

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https://www.mining.com/web/catl-to-inve ... tina-mine/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 20 sept. 2020, 10:44

Suite de ce post du 25 août 2020
viewtopic.php?p=2307927#p2307927

Cornish Lithium montre 220 mg/l de Lithium avec peu de Magnésium dans les eaux gothermales.
Cornish Lithium finds “globally significant” grades at UK project

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 17, 2020

Cornish Lithium, a start-up hoping to lead the development of an industry for the battery metal in the UK, said on Thursday it had found “globally significant” lithium reserves in hot springs within Cornwall’s historic mining area.

Initial test results suggest geothermal waters in south-west England contain some of the world’s highest grades of lithium and best overall chemical qualities, the exploration company said.

Average lithium concentrations were found to be high at 220 mg/l, with low concentrations of total dissolved solids — relative to other geothermal waters in the world — and “ultra-low” concentrations of magnesium, a metal that makes processing more expensive.

The find is also significant from an environmental point of view. Extracting lithium from geothermal water allows using the same hot rock water to power up turbines, generating zero-carbon electricity and heat.

“Cornwall has the potential to supply the UK with almost all the lithium it needs. It is that globally significant,” chief executive and founder Jeremy Wrathall said in a Zoom press conference.

Cornish Lithium is now planning to build a pilot lithium extraction plant at the United Downs Geothermal Power site, the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant, which began operations a year ago.

The £4 million ($5.2m) project will trial direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology, which removes dissolved lithium compounds from water without the need for the large evaporation ponds, such as those used in South America’s salt flats.

Lithium from Chile and Argentina is of higher grade than geothermal sources, but concerns over the sustainability of those operations are weighing on miners’ plans. Giants including Albermarle (NYSE: ALB) and SQM (NYSE: SQM) continue to be questioned as thy extract their product from pools of brine beneath Chile’s Atacama desert, the world’s driest.

The company said it expected commercial production to begin in three to five years. It also noted it had already detected another four potential spots on top of the current test site.

It also noted it was considering another round of crowdfunding, after raising £1.4 million ($1.8m at today’s exchange) through the internet platform in 2019.

Rob Bowell, from SRK Consulting, which provides services to mining and exploration companies, also used the term “globally significant” to refer to lithium grades reported from the deep geothermal waters at United Downs.

“Coupled with the low salinity of the waters, they should be highly amenable to lithium extraction using cutting-edge DLE technology,” Bowell said in the statement. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Cornwall to lead the charge on environmentally-responsible extraction of this critical raw material in Europe and beyond.”

Cornish Lithium recently decided to also begin exploring for other battery metals, such as cobalt and copper.

The junior revealed in 2018 that it needed about £5 million ($6.2m) to go ahead with its plans. Since then, it has secured more than £2m ($2.5m) from private backers and it’s already aiming at listing on the London Stock Exchange by 2022.

Good timing

The timing couldn’t be better. The European Union is currently rebuilding their automotive supply chains around battery metals, and incentivizing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

China, which was originally planning to wean customers away from EV subsidies by 2020, recently announced a two-year extension through the end of 2022.

Beijing made a 10% cut to subsidies this year and also limited the scope of subsidies to EVs costing less than 300,000 yuan ($44,318).

Cornwall is a historic mining district, stretching back to the early bronze age. Copper, tin, zinc, silver and arsenic have all been exploited for centuries.

The area around St. Day and Gwennap was the richest copper-producing region in Cornwall (and the world) in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Most lithium is produced in South America, Australia and China, but the UK government designated it last year a metal of strategic importance to the country.
https://www.mining.com/cornish-lithium- ... k-project/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 06 sept. 2020, 10:51

L' UE ajoute le Lithium à sa liste de matériaux critiques.
European Union adds lithium to critical raw materials list

4 sept 2020

The European Union (EU) has added lithium, a key component for batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), to its list of critical raw materials for the first time.

The latest announcement was made by the EU Commission, the 27-nation bloc’s executive, as part of its latest presentation of “2020 List of Critical Raw Materials”.

Helium was dropped from the latest list of 30 materials, Reuters reported.

In a press statement, the EU Commission said that its proposed recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic places an emphasis on “building back greener, more digital and more resilient”.
The commission also believes Europe should strive towards the development and diversification of the raw materials supply.

European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič said: “A secure and sustainable supply of raw materials is a prerequisite for a resilient economy. For e-car batteries and energy storage alone, Europe will for instance need up to 18 times more lithium by 2030 and up to 60 times more by 2050.

“As our foresight shows, we cannot allow to replace current reliance on fossil fuels with dependency on critical raw materials. This has been magnified by the coronavirus disruptions in our strategic value chains.

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https://www.mining-technology.com/news/ ... materials/

Lire aussi
https://www.mining.com/eu-adds-lithium- ... ials-list/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par mobar » 05 sept. 2020, 18:57

La flambée du cours du Lithium est terminé depuis des années, c'est de la chute des prix dont il faut parler aujourd'hui! :-"
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https://www.olenergies.com/le-lithium/a ... u-lithium/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 05 sept. 2020, 09:38

Suite de ce post du 11 avril 2020 viewtopic.php?p=2299863#p2299863
Mali : le Chinois Sinohydro aidera Kodal Minerals dans l’exploitation du lithium de Bougouni

Agence Ecofin 2 sept 2020

Kodal Minerals a choisi Sinohydro comme partenaire pour le développement de son projet de lithium Bougouni. La société chinoise doit mener des activités incluant la négociation d’accords de prélèvements et le financement des travaux de construction de la mine qui devraient bientôt démarrer.

Au Mali, le projet de lithium Bougouni se rapproche davantage de l’entrée en production. Son propriétaire, la compagnie minière Kodal Minerals, a en effet conclu un protocole d’accord avec l’entrepreneur chinois Sinohydro pour certains travaux d’ingénierie et l’obtention d’un financement pour les travaux de construction.

Selon les termes de l’accord, Sinohydro dispose d’une période d’exclusivité de six mois pour examiner les besoins de financement du projet et aider la compagnie à obtenir les fonds nécessaires. Durant cette même période, le groupe chinois aura à apporter son expertise sur la meilleure façon de mener les travaux de construction. Sinohydro négociera également des accords de prélèvement de la future production avec des sociétés implantées dans l’empire du Milieu.

« Sinohydro a une solide expérience du développement et du travail sur des projets d’ingénierie au Mali et ailleurs en Afrique, ce qui nous conforte dans le fait que l’équipe est à même d’aider Kodal à finaliser la conception, le financement et le processus de construction de manière efficace et rentable », a commenté Bernard Aylward, PDG de la compagnie.

Pour rappel, l’étude de faisabilité définitive du projet Bougouni publiée en janvier dernier a estimé qu’il pouvait livrer 2 millions de tonnes de concentré de lithium sur une durée de vie minimale de 8,5 ans. Kodal dispose de toutes les autorisations à l’exception d’un permis minier pour lequel une demande a déjà été déposée cette année.
https://www.agenceecofin.com/compagnie/ ... e-bougouni

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 31 août 2020, 08:13

Le chinois Tianqi Lithium annonce 101 millions de dollars de perte au 1er semestre 2020.
À cause de la baisse des prix du Lithium sur les marchés résultant du Covid19.
China’s Tianqi Lithium posts $101m net loss in H1 as prices plunge

Reuters | August 30, 2020

Tianqi Lithium Corp, one of the world’s top lithium producers, on Sunday posted a hefty half-year loss as the coronavirus outbreak weighed on prices for the commodity used in electric-vehicle batteries.

The Chinese firm, which is struggling to repay a $3.5 billion loan taken out to buy a stake in Chilean miner SQM in 2018, said in a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange it made a 696.57 million yuan ($101.47 million) net loss in January-June.

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https://www.mining.com/web/chinas-tianq ... es-plunge/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 30 août 2020, 09:18

Lithium : Deuxième producteur mondial, le Chili veut doubler son offre en cinq ans

MIS À JOUR LE 27/08/20

Le pays assure actuellement 29 % de l’offre mondiale, derrière l’Australie qui pèse pour 48 %

Déjà deuxième producteur mondial, le Chili veut encore plus peser sur le marché du Lithium. Pour cela, le pays a l’intention de doubler sa production de ce métal d’importance stratégique dans les cinq prochaines années, a annoncé mercredi le gouvernement.

Une production de 250.000 tonnes par an
Le Chili, qui assure actuellement 29 % de l’offre mondiale de lithium, veut parvenir dans ce délai à une offre annuelle de 250.000 tonnes d’équivalent carbonate de lithium (LCE), a indiqué Baldo Prokurica, ministre chilien des Mines. Il présentait un rapport intitulé « Perspectives du marché du lithium en 2030 » élaboré par la Commission chilienne du cuivre (Cochilco).

Le Chili espère ainsi que dans les prochaines années la valeur de ses exportations « sera semblable à celle de secteurs économiques hautement consolidés comme le secteur vitivinicole », dans lequel il est le quatrième exportateur mondial, a déclaré Baldo Prokurica.

Un marché très concentré
L’offre de Lithium est particulièrement concentrée. L’Australie est actuellement le plus grand producteur mondial avec 48 % de la production mondiale. Le métal est un élément essentiel pour l’industrie des voitures électriques et la fabrication de batteries rechargeables pour les téléphones mobiles, les ordinateurs portables et les tablettes.

Le Chili l’extrait sur le site de Salar de Atacama, dans le Nord, l’un des gisements de lithium les plus riches du monde, où il est exploité par la firme chilienne SQM (Sociedad Quimica y Minera) et par la compagnie américaine Albermarle.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.20minute ... /a/2847579

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 29 août 2020, 08:47

La demande de lithium va augmenter sur la prochaine décennie, portée par le secteur automobile (étude)

Agence Ecofin. 27 août 2020

Selon les prévisions de l’agence chilienne Cochilco, la demande de lithium pourrait atteindre 2 millions de tonnes d’ici 2030 grâce au secteur de l’automobile, entrainant donc une hausse des prix. Des perspectives favorables pour les projets africains au Mali, au Ghana ou en Côte d’Ivoire.

La demande mondiale pour le lithium va sensiblement augmenter sur la prochaine décennie. C’est ce qui ressort d’une étude conduite par l’agence minière nationale chilienne Cochilco, qui prévoit qu’elle devrait atteindre près de 2 millions de tonnes en 2030, dont 79 % proviendraient du secteur automobile.

En effet, alors que la pandémie de Covid-19 a réduit à 75 000 tonnes environ la demande de lithium pour les batteries des véhicules électriques cette année, les experts de l’agence, relayés par Reuters, estiment qu’elle passera à 1,4 million de tonnes en 2030. Dans le même temps, la demande dans les autres secteurs comme l’électronique, les téléphones portables ou la santé sera portée à 377 000 tonnes à la fin de la décennie contre 242 000 t prévues cette année.

Si le prix du lithium a connu une baisse ces dernières années du fait de l’entrée en production de nombreuses mines, la situation devrait également évoluer grâce notamment aux normes de pollution de plus en plus rigides. Cochilco prévoit donc une augmentation des prix d’ici 2025 ou 2026. Cela devrait rassurer les pays africains qui développent des projets miniers comme la Côte d’Ivoire, le Ghana ou encore le Mali et le Zimbabwe.
https://www.agenceecofin.com/etude/2708 ... bile-etude

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 25 août 2020, 08:32

Les Allemands veulent faire pareil :
German Scientists Find New Way To Extract Lithium

By MINING.com - Aug 24, 2020

Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed an environmentally friendly process to extract lithium from the salty thermal water reservoirs that are located in the Upper Rhine Trench.

Similar to other initiatives that are taking place in the UK, the German scientists want to recover the white metal using minimally invasive processes.

The mechanism they have come up with consists of filtering out lithium ions from the thermal water and then further concentrating them until lithium can be precipitated as a salt.

“As far as we know, there can be up to 200 milligrams per litre,” said in a media statement Jens Grimmer, a geoscientist at KIT who co-developed the method with his colleague Florencia Saravia. “If we consistently use this potential, we could cover a considerable part of the demand in Germany.”

According to Grimmer, compared to traditional methods of lithium production from the South American salt flats and Australian solid rock, the KIT’s process doesn’t need external water inputs as the existing infrastructure of geothermal plants, through which up to two billion litres of thermal water flow every year, can be used.

At the same time, the new process generates hardly any overburden, the land consumption is minimal and since the thermal water is returned to the underground after use, no harmful substances are released and geothermal electricity and heat production are not impaired.

In terms of efficiency, the researcher said that the mechanism he is proposing allows for lithium to be continuously extracted within hours in the thermal water cycle of the geothermal plant, which greatly differs from how things are done at the Lithium Triangle’s deposits where the enrichment process takes several months and is highly weather-dependent.

Since the process can use the technical and energetic infrastructure of a geothermal plant, its CO2 balance also stands out when compared to traditional mining.


“We export many environmental problems to third countries in order to maintain and improve our living standards. With this process, we can assume our responsibility and extract important raw materials for modern technologies in an environmentally friendly way right on our own doorstep,” Florencia Saravia said in the brief. “We can also build up regional value chains, create jobs, and reduce geopolitical dependencies at the same time.”

Currently, Germany is a net importer of lithium from Chile, Argentina and Australia, as many companies use it for the production of battery cells for electric vehicles. Thus, the metal is considered of great importance for the climate protection program of the Federal Government.

By Mining.com
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-Gene ... thium.html

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 25 août 2020, 08:24

Suite de ce post du 9 août 2020 viewtopic.php?p=2307462#p2307462
Europe’s First Geothermal Lithium Recovery Plant To Be Built In The UK

By MINING.com - Aug 09, 2020

The UK government announced plans to invest, through its Getting Building Fund, in the construction of Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant at a location near Redruth, Cornwall.

The public funds will support a £4-million collaboration between Geothermal Engineering (GEL) and Cornish Lithium at GEL’s deep geothermal project, which aims to demonstrate that lithium can be produced from geothermal waters with a net-zero carbon footprint.


According to Cornish Lithium, the pilot plant will trial environmentally-responsible Direct Lithium Extraction technology, and its suitability to extract lithium from Cornish geothermal waters.


“The optimal DLE technology for Cornish waters is currently being selected, however, the processes being considered utilise technologies such as nanofiltration to selectively remove lithium compounds from the water, rather than relying on evaporation and other less environmentally friendly methods,” the company said in a media statement. “Once the lithium has been extracted, the waters will be returned to depth via injection boreholes.”

Recent tests run by Cornish Lithium and GEL have demonstrated that the geothermal and the lithium resources lying beneath granite rocks in Cornwall are potentially commercially viable, given recent advances in extraction technologies.

“We have made significant strides in establishing the UK’s first deep geothermal power plant. The possibility of developing future sites that include co-production of lithium extraction is very exciting and a great opportunity for both companies and Cornwall as a whole,” Ryan Law, managing director of Geothermal Engineering, said in the press brief.


“We believe Cornwall’s untapped natural resources are significant, and are delighted to be partnering with Cornish Lithium to maximise the synergies between the two technologies in order to unlock this potential.”

The new capital injection comes in addition to the £826,000 that Cornish Lithium recently raised from its shareholders to expand ongoing drilling work.

By Mining.com
https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy ... he-UK.html

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 23 août 2020, 15:15

19.7% de croissance annuelle prevu pour la production de Lithium d'ici 2030 :
Lithium demand growth to remain strong to 2030 – report

MINING.COM Staff Writer | August 17, 2020

A report by Roskill states that, globally, lithium demand growth is forecast to remain strong at over 19.7%py to 2030.

According to the market researcher, this demand is being driven by the manufacture of Li-ion batteries for use in automotive and energy storage system batteries, supplemented by the use of Li-ion batteries in other applications and more industrial uses of lithium products.

“Automotive batteries alone are forecast to see demand growth in excess of 28%py to 2030, accounting for over 75% of total lithium demand by 2030 and heavily influencing the types of lithium compounds required by the market,” the report states.

According to Roskill, in the short-term, continued strong demand growth is expected to form a tight market by the mid-2020s. This state of affairs is expected to support lithium prices and incentivize the commissioning of new lithium production.

“Despite the commissioning of new production, expansions at existing producers and increasing volume of lithium from secondary sources expected over the coming decade, demand growth is forecast to outpace supply increases, and further investment in lithium production will be required throughout the supply chain,” the document reads.

In the firm’s view, miners ought to keep these projections in mind as they weather the current conditions in which prices have subsided and many of them – in both the refined lithium products and lithium mineral concentrates spheres – have been forced to become more cost-efficient or face closure.
https://www.mining.com/lithium-demand-g ... 30-report/

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