Limits of lithium extraction from thermal water

Pumping up thermal water, separating lithium, and using it to produce batteries for electric mobility — the idea of lithium as an environmentally compatible and regionally available by-product of geothermal energy plants appears highly promising. However, it has not been clear so far whether domestic lithium extraction is really worthwhile. A team of researchers has now summarized the state of the art, analyzed raw materials markets, and assessed technologies.

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