Li+Fluids and UnLimited meet for technical discussion

At the end of the year, the members of the two BMWK-funded research projects Li+Fluids and UnLimited met for an online expert discussion. The event focused on the presentation of the current activities of the individual partners and an outlook for the coming year 2023.

Lithium Days 2022 in Leipzig

This year's annual event "Lithium Days" of the German Lithium Institute ITEL (Institute for Technologies and Economics of Lithium) was held in Leipzig from December 5 to 7. Besides numerous representatives from science, industry and politics, the two project partners EnBW and KIT of the research project UnLimited were also involved in the event.

Unlimited pilot plant ready for testing

The construction of the Unlimited pilot plant for the extraction of lithium has been successfully completed. The work was carried out under the leadership of KIT in cooperation with the collaborative partners. The demonstrator is currently located at the Bruchsal test site.

The International Lithium Association (ILiA)

The International Lithium Association (ILiA) is the global trade association for the lithium industry and represents the entire lithium value chain. The Association was established in 2021 as an international not-for-profit industry association run by and for its members.

Limits of Lithium Extraction from Thermal Water

Pumping up thermal water, separating lithium, and using it to produce batteries for electric mobility – the idea of lithium as an environmentally compatible and regionally available by-product of geothermal energy plants appears highly promising. However, it has not been clear so far whether domestic lithium extraction is really worthwhile. A team of researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has now summarized the state of the art, analyzed raw materials markets, and assessed technologies. According to them, it might be possible in theory to extract thousands of tons of lithium every year in Germany, but crucial aspects still need to be clarified.

Kretschmann visits geothermal plant in Bruchsal

Geothermal heat from deep subsurface will become even more important in the future: Thereby, the extracted heat can supply neighborhoods and industry - via heating networks, completely without CO2 emissions and independent of domestic sources. Until now, coal or gas had to be burned for this purpose. On September 8, 2022, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann visited the geothermal plant in Bruchsal, which is currently operated by the EnBW as well as the Bruchsal city utility. For some time now, the geothermal site has been supplying the nearby police barracks with heat, and since 2021 has also been producing lithium for car batteries.

Mexico establishes state-owned lithium group

In view of the rising global demand for lithium, the Mexican government has founded a state-owned company to extract and market the light metal. The raw material, which is important for electric cars, will in future be produced and marketed exclusively by the company Litio para México (Lithium for Mexico, or LitioMx for short), according to a decree issued by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

VW and Mercedes-Benz step up cooperation with Canada

Germany's automotive industry heavyweights, the Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz, want to cooperate more closely with Canada in the future. During Chancellor Olaf Scholz's (SPD) visit to Canada, both companies signed declarations of intent on electromobility in Toronto on Tuesday.

EU-Project LiCORNE

A consortium of in total twelve European universities and companies, including Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is currently planning to establish the first lithium supply chain in Europe. The goal of the EU-funded "LiCORNE" research project is to increase Europe's lithium processing and refining capacity to produce battery-grade chemicals from ores, brines, and off-specification battery cathode materials.