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By Shane Lasley
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Discovery could unlock oceans of lithium

New process efficiently harvests battery metal from seawater Metal Tech News – June 9, 2021

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 3:21pm

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology KAUST seawater lithium

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Holding an estimated 5,000 times more lithium than on land, oceans offer an almost unlimited source of the metal vital to the batteries that power EVs and store renewable energy.

Driven largely by the increased production of electric vehicles, the demand for lithium has more than doubled since 2015 and is forecast to expand by another seven times to around 2.8 million metric tons per year by 2030.

Predicting this soaring demand will exhaust land-based lithium reserves by 2080, researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia have...



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