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GM Invests In Controlled Thermal Resources For U.S. Lithium Production

Sam Abuelsamid of Forbes reports that GM will begun production of U.S. lithium.

The C3 Take
  • GM is partnering with Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) to produce lithium in the United States.
  • CTR uses geothermal heat pumps to mine lithium, which is more sustainable and less emissions heavy than traditional mining practices.
  • GM is currently building two lithium-ion processing plants with LG, with two more expected to be completed in 2024.
  • Private sector innovation is leading the way to creating a more sustainable and secure rare mineral supply chain.

“GM announced today that it will collaborate with CTR to produce lithium in California. CTR is developing a lithium extraction and power generation facility in the Hell’s Kitchen geothermal field in the Salton Sea. CTR has developed a closed loop process that extracts brine from the ground, separates the steam which is used to drive a turbine to generate electricity and also reacts the steam with the brine to separate lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate that are used for cell production. The water and brine are then pumped back into the ground.”

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