Green Lithium said it has produced its first battery-grade lithium hydroxide product, validating its sulphate-free and acid-free industry-leading process that provides an alternative to the traditional, more environmentally damaging method of extracting lithium.
The company plans to build and operate a large-scale lithium refinery in the UK that can manufacture batteries for more than a million electric vehicles a year using its technology.
The battery-grade product was produced from commercial samples provided by three international suppliers of spodumene concentrate.
“Drawing from three separate and distinct samples, we were able to manufacture high quality lithium through a dramatically more environmentally friendly process than is deployed at present in refineries in East Asia,” said Green Lithium founding director Richard Taylor.
“That’s a landmark moment for us and for the future of electric vehicle production.”
Green Lithium is committed to substantially reducing the carbon intensity of current market-standard lithium refining. It is maximising renewable energy input, utilising heat recycling and progressively introducing hydrogen.