Investing in lithium’s heat-dependent operations to extract lithium is associated with failures and weaknesses. In the current technology of battery production, lithium is a major and necessary factor in the batteries of most electric vehicles, leading to a large part of this lithium is obtained from external and offshore sources.
Lithium can be produced in several ways. One of these methods is the extraction of clay and its processing. It is rich in lithium and of course it has a high temperature and it is taken out of the ground.
Problems such as evaporation ponds or the accumulation of polluted water or even cavities in the mountains are not caused. Another advantage is the small effects of crane production, because in the process of lithium production, the energy stored in the internal central heat is used from salt water or very salty water to produce steam energy, and then it is processed to separate lithium and They use it to pump it back into the ground for heating. That’s what it means The land is being exploited. Of course, it should not be assumed that in lithium extraction everything is rainbow and good because in this process some toxic chemicals are produced that must be properly stored and destroyed in later stages. But it should not be forgotten that the carbon effects of locally produced lignium are far less than those transported from abroad, and this is one of the attractions of local lithium extraction.
There is a significant amount of lithium on the CTR site in California, and General Motors’ multimillion-dollar investment in CTR means that it is the first company to have the lithium stress permit obtained under this project. According to CTR officials, the amount of first shipment and in the first stage will reach 20,000 tons of lithium hydroxide, from which about 49.9 MW of clean electricity can be produced for sale. Various minerals such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron and rubidium are also obtained in the extraction process.
CTR officials believe that lithium production could be increased to about 60,000 tons per year by mid-2024, which could power 6 million electric vehicles. It should be noted that many derivatives are obtained in the process of lithium production, so the production volume is related to lithium carbonate. By measurement standards, McKinsey, an international management organization, estimates that a 55-kilowatt-hour battery commonly used in electric vehicles contains 27.7 kilograms of lithium carbonate.
General Motors officials say the Hell’s Kitchen project could produce enough linoleum for electric vehicles. In addition to the environmental benefits of regional lithium mining, both General Motors and CTR hope to produce the linoleum obtained through this process at a low cost because everything is quite promising and we just have to wait for the future.