Securing Domestic Lithium Supply Chain for UK (Li4UK) is a project funded by Innovate UK as part of the UK Governments Faraday Battery Challenge.
The demand for lithium compounds used in lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is expected to grow exponentially with the increase in Electric Vehicle (EV) production. Currently the UK, like the rest of Europe, is almost totally dependent upon Chinese supplies of battery grade lithium compounds (mostly Lithium Carbonate or Lithium Hydroxide) used in LIB manufacture. The consortium will address a critical missing link in the UK’s battery material supply chain by identifying the requisite processing technologies and possible sources of raw materials needed to develop a sustainable, domestic lithium supply chain.
The Project will be carried out by a consortium comprising:
Providing World Class geological and mineralogical characterisation services.
A major UK based engineering and mining consultancy with mineral processing testwork facilities in Wheal Jane, Cornwall and offices around the UK. The project will be coordinated from their London office.
An ambitious junior mining company based in Cornwall, UK, engaging in late stage exploration, targeting lithium production from brines and hard rock minerals.