Significant lithium resources found in Cornwall: Cornish Lithium, a mineral exploration company has found lithium in the geothermal waters in Cornwall of a ‘globally significant’ high grade.
Geothermal waters in the south-west of the UK initial test results suggest, contain some of the world’s highest grades of lithium and ‘best’ overall chemical qualities.
The firm’s plans to build a pilot lithium extraction plant at the United Downs Geothermal power site following the news, which claims to be the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant.
Geothermal waters which contain lithium according to the company, are very different from other occurrences of lithium in brine, given that the same water can be used to generate zero-carbon electricity and heat.
CEO & Founder of Cornish Lithium, Jeremy Wrathall said: “This is an exciting step towards the realisation of low carbon lithium extraction from geothermal waters in Cornwall and compliments Cornish Lithium’s work to date on exploring for lithium contained within shallower geothermal waters in the county.
“We now have increased confidence that these lithium-enriched geothermal waters can be found at depth across Cornwall and believe that there is significant potential to replicate combined lithium and geothermal extraction plants in different locations across the county where Cornish Lithium has mineral rights agreements in place.”
Significant lithium resources found in Cornwall