A suite of new, but largely unproven, technologies known as direct lithium extraction could revolutionize lithium mining from brine, making it more efficient and sustainable and eliminating the need for large evaporation ponds. A number of companies including EnergyX, Lilac Solutions, and Standard Lithium are entering the DLE market and getting ready for commercial implementation across South America and the U.S., while automakers like BMW, GM and Ford are investing.
00:00 — Introduction
01:55 — The need for DLE
04:17 — Different approaches
10:50 — Road to commercialization
CORRECTION (June 5, 2023): At 12:16 in the video we state that Bolivia was previously considering using DLE technology from both EnergyX and Lilac Solutions. In fact, the Bolivian government is still considering a future partnership with Lilac Solutions.
Produced, Shot and Edited by: Katie Brigham
Animation: Christina Locopo, Jason Reginato
Supervising Producer: Jeniece Pettitt
Additional Footage: Albemarle, EnergyX, Lilac Solutions, Standard Lithium, Sunresin, Livent, Getty Images
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