Less power is required as the processes happen at atmospheric pressure and at modest temperatures of 120 Celsius or less. All inputs and equipment are commonly employed in industry.
Sustainable from the outset
Phase 1 is powered from
predominantly green energy while
greenhouse gas emissions are
approximately 25% lower than other
conventional hard-rock sources of
lithium. Converting from natural gas
to green hydrogen for process heat
allows Phase 1 to have best-in-industry emissions. All mineral
waste at the mine site is benign and
the chemical converter gypsum
residue is a usable product,
making the plant a zero solid waste
Many useful by-products
Caesium and rubidium are listed as critical minerals. Potassium sulphate fertiliser (SOP) and amorphous silica also have meaningful market values, and have environmentally sound applications.