Four things lithium miners should look for when selecting a tech partner

As the world creates modern renewable energy storage solutions, adopts more portable electronics and continues the conversion of fuelled vehicles to electric vehicles, the global demand for lithium-ion batteries will continue to surge.

However, lithium production operations are complex, delicate and sensitive. In particular, evaporation and crystallisation units – core components of lithium processing plants – determine the lithium production for the market and the financial return for the investors.

The options to source this key equipment are many, but engaging with inadequate suppliers can get lithium miners mired in costly schedule delays and budget overruns, which can be exacerbated due to the challenging environmental conditions of most project sites.

So what should lithium producers take into consideration when evaluating a credible evaporation and crystallisation company to partner with?

The evaporation and crystallisation supplier should have:

  1. A deep technical know-how and process design expertise with challenging chemistries and continuously evolving impurity profiles
  2. The capability to provide modular solutions in order to deliver cost-effective installations in remote locations
  3. A state-of-the-art research and development capabilities for evaluating feasibility, and validating processes as well as optimising overall system designs
  4. A proven track record of project execution and global references of successful installations in lithium production sites from a wide variety of resources.

Focus on a high-quality technology provider

A qualified partner with the right skills and experience makes all the difference, especially in remote locations.

Whether extracted from brine deposits or mined from hard-rock minerals, lithium processing is easier and more effective with a reliable provider of integrated solutions.

One such company is Veolia. As a worldwide leader in treatment technologies and processing equipment, Veolia knows the technical challenges to satisfy this rising demand and yield low-cost, concentrated lithium salts for advanced electric battery manufacturing.

Through its global sales network and local field service support, Veolia’s world-class HPD evaporation and crystallisation technologies have been the systems producers rely on to extract the most high-purity lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide salts, while removing persistent impurities and recovering valuable chemical compounds containing potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

Robust, low energy HPD systems help lithium producers improve projects’ economics by minimising processing costs and increasing operating margins.

This is because Veolia understands how to make lithium refining operations better, faster and cleaner, thanks to a long track record of optimising evaporation, crystallisation and concentration processes in the mining and chemical industries.

For more information, visit www.veoliawatertechologies.com.au

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