Natural History Museum portion of group to produce lithium: A consortium together with the Natural History Museum, has reported what is believed to be the first domestic manufacturing of lithium carbonate from UK locations.
Lithium carbonate is a natural resource for lithium-ion battery cells, for instance those used in electric vehicles (EVs).
The museum is a member of a group, including British technical mining consultancy, Wardell Armstrong International & the mineral investigation and development company Cornish Lithium Ltd.
It has favourably made lithium carbonate in two undertakings in Cornwall & Scotland and could help the country maintain the pace with the coming EV growth.
The consortium had already advanced the ‘Li4UK’ project to evaluate the praticability of making battery-quality lithium from UK origins and to assess the possibility for developing a new industry for Britain.
As stated in recent reports, the biggest part of the global lithium output is created in South America & Australia and is therefore shipped to China for the production of lithium-ion batteries.
Ben Simpson, Technical Director for Mineral Processing at WAI, stated: “It was crucial for the UK to start looking at domestic sources of battery materials and production of lithium-ion batteries, from mine to market. What has been achieved here puts the UK at the forefront of developments in the European battery industry.”
Cornish Lithium Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Wrathall remarked: “Given the potential that has been established by this project to exploit lithium resources in Cornwall, it is possible that the UK could produce a significant percentage of its lithium demand domestically, thus creating a vertically-integrated supply chain and generating additional value for the UK economy.”
Natural History Museum portion of group to produce lithium