Lithium Extraction & Conversion from Geothermal Brines — 10 Initiatives Get $10.9 Million From US Authorities


On July 24, the U.S. Division of Power (DOE) introduced $10.9 million for 10 tasks throughout 9 states that may advance revolutionary applied sciences to extract and convert battery-grade lithium from geothermal brine sources in the US. This work will improve America’s entry to cost-effective, home sources of this important materials wanted for batteries for stationary storage and electrical automobiles to satisfy the Biden–Harris Administration’s objectives of fifty% electrical car adoption by 2030 and a net-zero emissions financial system by 2050.

These tasks are being managed in collaboration by EERE’s AMMTO and GTO. The tasks add to a portfolio of latest investments comparable to AMMTO’s Crucial Supplies Institute — an Power Innovation Hub led by Ames Nationwide Laboratory and GTO’s Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize.

These tasks will even additional develop a DOE-led innovation ecosystem round lithium manufacturing as venture individuals can be invited to take part within the Lithium RD&D Digital Heart. The Heart coordinates funding exercise throughout trade, authorities, and academia.

Subject Areas

The ten tasks had been chosen from two matter areas:

  1. Area Validation of Lithium Hydroxide Manufacturing from Geothermal Brines: Pilot or demonstration tasks to validate cost-effective, revolutionary lithium extraction and lithium hydroxide conversion applied sciences.
  2. Utilized Analysis & Growth for Direct Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brines: Analysis and improvement tasks to advance rising direct lithium extraction (DLE) course of applied sciences to extend effectivity, cut back waste technology, and/or cut back price of DLE.

Chosen Initiatives

Award and price share quantities are topic to alter, pending negotiations.

Extra Data

Information replace from Workplace of Power Effectivity & Renewable Power.

Featured picture from the U.S. DOE.


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