A Better Way To Get Lithium, The Element Powering The EV Revolution

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.

Read more at Fast Company
Image: Lilac Solutions

 

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