‘Securing a Domestic Lithium Supply Chain for the UK’ (Li4UK) is a project funded by Innovate UK as part of the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.
The demand for lithium compounds used in lithium ion batteries (‘LIBs’) is expected to grow exponentially with the increase in electric vehicle production. Currently the UK, like the rest of Europe, is heavily dependent upon imports of battery grade lithium compounds (mostly Lithium Carbonate or Lithium Hydroxide) used in LIB manufacture. The consortium addressed a critical missing link in the UK’s battery material supply chain by identifying the requisite processing technologies and possible sources of raw materials needed to develop a sustainable, domestic lithium supply chain.
Please click below to watch the project video.
The Project was carried out by:
- Cornish Lithium: we were a founding member of the consortium, which also comprised:
- Natural History Museum: providing world class geological and mineralogical characterisation services
- Wardell Armstrong: a major UK based engineering and mining consultancy with mineral processing testwork facilities at Wheal Jane in Cornwall and offices around the UK. The project was coordinated by Dr Chris Broadbent.