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World Green lithium for electric cars from the foot of the Black Forest

21:55  17 january  2021
21:55  17 january  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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(Bloomberg) - Electric cars are only as environmentally friendly in operation as the electricity they fill up with. In manufacturing, batteries are currently still polluting the environment - mainly due to lithium.

An Australian mining company wants to change that by extracting “green” lithium from Germany, which is produced in a CO2-neutral manner. In the Upper Rhine Graben near Offenburg, hot water containing lithium is stored in the depths. Tapping into such reservoirs to generate green electricity is a standard procedure for many utilities. Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. wants to add new components to such a power plant - the extraction and processing of the silvery metal.

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The falling price of electric cars has led to a huge rise in the number of EV drivers; ownership has now reached 2 million for the first time. Some of those opposed to the wider adoption of electric vehicles have been keen to spread speculation of a supposed lithium shortage.

Lithium from Norwegian electric car batteries isn't recycled that often. Bandyopadhyay's group is working to develop a process that recovers lithium , nickel and cobalt from what is called a black mass. Black mass is a black powder that consists of the materials in the battery that are active, meaning

In this endeavor, the company has now taken a step further with a preliminary study on the feasibility of the project: The licenses for the deposits on the Upper Rhine are therefore worth 2.25 billion euros after taxes. The planned geothermal power plants with their nominal output of 74 megawatts of renewable electricity also contribute to this net present value. Any of it that is not needed for production is sold and the raw material is extracted in a CO2-neutral manner. An annual production of around 40,000 tons of lithium hydroxide is possible, enough for batteries for a million electric cars.

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Prices for key battery metals such as lithium and cobalt are set to rebound this year.

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The project is similar to a project by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on the Salton Sea in California.

Vulcan calls the lithium deposit on the Upper Rhine the largest in Europe and, according to the calculations published on Friday, wants to produce more cheaply than any manufacturer on the market today. The running costs would be just 2,640 euros per ton, compared with up to 5,760 euros per ton for lithium production underground or in opencast mining. Production could start in 2024. Another study is to be started in the second quarter and will finally determine the feasibility.

electric cars are an important part of Europe's efforts on the way to CO2 neutrality by 2050. When it comes to batteries, however, manufacturers from Asia are currently setting the tone, and industry and politics want to take countermeasures so as not to fall further behind. The focus is on local production and environmentally friendly promotion of the required materials.

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Demand for lithium has taken off as demand for electric cars surges. New generation of batteries. "There is a white gold rush in various jurisdictions in the world. For continental Europe, home of the German and French car industries, the concept of having a European supply chain from mineral to

Extracting lithium from the salt flats that dot the arid northern regions of the South American countries is a lot easier and cheaper than digging underground for metals like copper. With demand expected to keep rising as electric cars gain a bigger share of the global auto fleet, Argentina and Chile are

The world's largest lithium mines are in Australia and the material is mostly processed in China. The processes are energy-intensive and the preliminary products travel thousands of kilometers. The cheaper alternative are the South American surface brine systems. However, this uses a lot of water.

The dismantling as Vulcan plans it should not have any of these undesirable effects. In addition to lithium, the systems even produce excess green electricity and the water - somewhat colder and with a lower metal content - is sunk back into the ground after treatment.

Europe has its own lithium deposits that could be mined above or below ground. However, strict environmental protection laws and resistance from local residents make it difficult to build such mines. In Finland, Keliber Oy was not forced to postpone a planned IPO and mine construction until 2019 after the company's permits were challenged.

Vulcan Energy is listed on the stock exchange in Australia and in Frankfurt. The paper rose on Friday by 44%.

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