30 Apr '13, 2pm

Report: Wyoming lithium deposits much bigger than originally expected

Report: Wyoming lithium deposits much bigger than originally expected

If the US would like to stop importing 80 percent of its lithium, mainly from China , and if Bolivian sources don't come through, it looks like there is a big domestic opportunity: Wyoming. Having an ample domestic supply would bring down the price of lithium , which could mean electric vehicles would become more cost competitive . Researchers at the University of Wyoming have found quite a lot of lithium in Rock Springs Uplift , a geological section of southwest Wyoming. Data collection is early, but so far it suggests that brines within a 25-square mile area could offer 228,000 tons of lithium. It's nearly twice as large as the nation's current largest lithium producer, which is located in Silver Peak, NV. The university's discovery highlights several advantages of tapping Wyoming's lithium reserves. For one, Rock Springs Uplift's storage site is located within 30 miles ...

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