As the Electric Vehicle battery industry balloons, it raises a question: How will it get its hands on enough lithium to maintain demand?
Current methods of extracting the element–the key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries–destroy landscapes and take two years to complete. The startup Lilac says it has developed a new process that’s both much faster and more sustainable.
Current extraction processes takes around two years, captures only about 50% of the lithium present, and drains already-dry landscapes of water.
Lilac Solutions has developed a method of extracting lithium that the company says takes just around a day, but uses 90% less water than traditional methods, and captures 80% of the lithium present in the brine.