Germany working towards extracting lithium from thermal water reservoirs

MINING.COM | Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed an environmentally friendly process to extract lithium from the salty thermal water reservoirs that are located in the Upper Rhine Trench.


Similar to other initiatives that are taking place in the UK, the German scientists want to recover the white metal using minimally invasive processes.


The mechanism they have come up with consists of filtering out lithium ions from the thermal water and then further concentrating them until lithium can be precipitated as a salt.


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