BGR is coordinating an interdisciplinary research network to develop the basis for a raw material strategy for lithium extraction from thermal water in Germany. The client of the "Li+Fluids" project is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
In addition to the BGR, the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy (IEG) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) belong to the research association. Over the next three years, the project partners will jointly develop decision-making aids for the planning and expansion of geothermal sites that take into account possible lithium production in addition to electricity and heat generation.
In this context, cooperation with UnLimited is also planned, involving joint field trials at the Horstberg test site (NDB).