LITHIUM

Strategic Metallurgy, in association with Lepidico, has developed a hydrometallurgical process to extract and recover battery grade lithium carbonate from lithium containing mica.

APPLICATION

Lithium bearing micas such as lepidolite and zinnwaldite have largely been overlooked until the advent of L-Max® as a source of lithium as no commercially viable process existed to recover this metal, which is essential for many new battery technologies.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flowsheet development – Lepidolite flotation

  • Flowsheet development – L-Max®

  • Testwork management

  • Miniplant construction and operation- 140h continuous operation

       to produce lithium carbonate with a purity >99.5% at 94% recovery from

       the leach liquor.

  • Feasibility study- 91.3% lithium recovery to a >99.5% lithium carbonate concentrate

 

STATUS

International Patent Application PCT/AU2015/000608-pending

Feasibility Study-ongoing

PROJECT GALLERY 

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