The UK Government has awarded a £4m share of its Getting Building Funds – designed to support infrastructure in the wake of lockdown – to a project developing a geothermal recovery plant that will extract lithium for use in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Being jointly run by Cornish Lithium and Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL), the project will pilot an innovative lithium extraction method which purports to produce no carbon emissions. The method replaces fossil fuel energy typically used in extraction with renewables and omits the need for evaporation, instead using nanofiltration to extract lithium compounds from water. Once the lithium is extracted, the water can be returned using injection boreholes.
Edie 10th Aug 2020 read more »