Sydney, March 3, 2022 AEST (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX: LKE) (EN:LK1) (OTCMKTS: LLKKF) confirms that the modular demonstration plant designed and built by the engineering team of Lilac Solutions Inc, has been sent from California in the United States to the Kachi project in Argentina.
Lilac Solutions, Lake’s technical partner, assembled the ion exchange modules and support equipment for the demonstration plant in five 40-foot (12 m) shipping containers.
The modular design allows for a “plug and play” approach, once brine supply, power and reagents are connected. The demonstration plant will operate for approximately 3 to 4 months to produce lithium chloride (eluate) representing 2.5 tonnes of lithium carbonate. This will be converted into high-purity battery-grade lithium carbonate for potential buyers and battery qualification later this year. Demonstration plant operations at the site will also inform the final engineering design prior to construction of the commercial-scale project.
“Our technology is truly disruptive; we’ve taken ion exchange, a non-mining technology solution that’s ubiquitous in the water treatment industry, and with cutting-edge innovations, we’ve created a unique technology to lithium mining which we believe will reduce operating costs and increase lithium recovery for the production of lithium chemicals from Kachi brines,” said Dave Snydacker, CEO of Lilac, “Compared to Conventional technology, our production process is less expensive and offers higher lithium recovery rates of 80-90% to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate, while protecting the local environment, including water resources.
“Our process is modular, produces high-purity lithium, and can scale quickly from pilot to commercial stage – our equity stake ensures rapid commercialization of Lilac technology on what is a globally significant lithium resource.
“We’ve worked extensively with this brine, generating the data needed for engineering studies, and it’s a fantastic fit for the Lilac technology,” he said.
Meanwhile, test work at Lilac Solutions’ facility in California continues to produce the data required for the Definitive Feasibility Study and lithium carbonation testing continues at Hazen Research in Colorado.
“Lake and Lilac are very confident that the demonstration plant incorporating Lilac’s proprietary ion exchange process will prove to investors and buyers that it is scalable and performs well on site by successfully producing a lithium product of high quality. Lake is well positioned to deliver a significant project with a consistent high quality product with substantial ESG benefits,” said Lake’s Managing Director, Mr. Steve Promnitz.
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake NL Resources (ASX: LKE) (OTCMKTS: LLKKF) is a clean lithium developer using clean, direct extraction technology for the development of sustainable high-purity lithium from its flagship Kachi project, as well as three other lithium brine projects in Argentina . The projects are located in a prime location within the Lithium Triangle, where 40% of the world’s lithium is produced at the lowest cost.
This method will enable Lake Resources to be an efficient, responsible, environmentally friendly and competitive supplier of high-purity lithium that is easily scalable and demanded by EV and Tier 1 battery manufacturers.
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