10 Oct '17, 7am

Andean Mountains Is the Home of the Lithium Triangle - Renewable Energy World

Andean Mountains Is the Home of the Lithium Triangle - Renewable Energy World

Over the past few years, global demand for lithium, a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries, has spiked. Primary drivers for the rise in demand is associated to increased sales of electric vehicles, consumer mobile devices and stationary energy storage systems . These newly emerging products are only at the beginning of their product life-cycle which will ensure many decades of growth in demand for the white metal. Lithium is primarily extracted either from lithium brines or salar. 'Brine' is water saturated with a high concentration of salts, such as that found in salt lakes. Concentrated brine water is extracted from below the earth's surface and cycled through a pond evaporation process, which can take from 12-24 months; as the brine water begins to evaporate, lithium and other by-products are harvested, including potash and boron. Today, primary exporting countries ...

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