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The Great Salt Lake Is Full of Lithium. A Startup Wants to Harvest It.

Scott Patterson of The Wall Street Journal reports on mining efforts at the Great Salt Lake.

The C3 Take
  • Startup Lilac Solutions plans to start construction this summer on a project to extract lithium from the briny waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.
  • Lilac says its technology can harvest lithium faster than traditional evaporation pond methods while using less water and minimizing environmental impact.
  • The company has raised $145 million from investors including Bill Gates to fund the project, which aims to produce up to 20,000 tons of battery-grade lithium annually to support U.S. electric vehicle supply chains.

“Lilac says its technology is much faster, taking a matter of hours from the time of extraction, while preserving water levels. Its method deploys reusable ceramic ‘beads’ that attach to lithium atoms to separate them from the brine. Snydacker says the company has spent more than 500,000 hours testing the technology on more than 70 brine samples around the world.”

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