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.

Second UnLimited General Assembly

On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the second UnLimited General Assembly was held at the Innovation Campus of Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) in Karlsruhe.

UnLimited One-Pager now online

In addition to the existing "News" section, so-called one-pagers can now also be accessed on the UnLimited website. These feature short essays by the individual project partners with a scientific-technical focus - summarized on one page.

Q&A about geothermal lithium extraction online

From now on, the "Question and Answer (Q&A)" section can be found on the UnLimited homepage. In addition to general questions about the UnLimited project, the questionnaire deals with technical, ecological, and economic questions about lithium extraction from deep geothermal waters.

DLE process as key technology for geothermal lithium extraction

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, the partners in the UnLimited research project are developing and testing an extraction process for the co-production of lithium from hot deep waters in Germany. One year after the start of the project, operations to implement the DLE technology at selected test sites are up and running.

DERA presents results of the lithium raw material risk assessment

Lithium represents one of the key raw materials for implementing the transportation transition. Due to its specific properties, the light metal is not substitutable in current lithium-ion batteries, regardless of the battery composition. The total demand for lithium is currently still covered by the primary supply from mining production. Thus, the secondary sector does not play a role in this context so far. Looking ahead to 2040, this will change.

UnLimited at DERA Industry Workshop Lithium

To better identify future price and supply risks in the supply of lithium, the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) held a digital industry workshop on this topic at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) on June 23, 2022, together with industry representatives.