Geothermal plants at the Salton Sea could soon contribute to California's war against climate change in a new way: by producing lithium, a key ingredient in batteries that power electric cars and store solar power for use after dark. https://lat.ms/2pkjnds
Demand for lithium is rising. Global lithium demand is projected to grow from 300,000 tons in 2017 to 1.8 million tons in 2030.
Below, a sign of the powerful geothermal reservoir at the southern end of the Salton Sea. 📸: @Carolyn_Cole
Companies have tried for decades to extract lithium from the super-heated underground fluid used for energy generation at the southern end of the Salton Sea — but it hasn’t been easy.
Now, another company claims to have solved the lithium problem. https://lat.ms/2pkjnds
EnergySource's plant would be the first major U.S. source of lithium, and it could represent an early step toward a domestic battery supply chain.
Below, EnergySource’s COO leading a tour of the John L. Featherstone geothermal plant: 📸: @Carolyn_Cole https://lat.ms/2pkjnds
Efforts to extract lithium at the Salton Sea could unite environmentalists and national security hawks, who are loathe to rely on other countries for a mineral expected to play a key role in powering the U.S. economy. Energy reporter @Sammy_Roth explains: https://lat.ms/2pkjnds
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