Lithium Mining News

Getting lithium from geothermal

Is it possible to get lithium without actually mining it? Martin LaMonica in his "Green Tech" blog explains how. LaMonica reports that Simbol Materials has started a plant in California that is able to extract metals from the discharge brine of geothermal plants:

Mammoth energy group increases Chilean lithium investments with additional acquisition

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - Mammoth Energy Group Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MMTE), a lithium and alternative energy mining company, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Compania Lithium Investments Limitada of Chile has acquired five additional concessions for a total of 2471 acres (1000 hectares) of lithium concessions located at Laguna Lagunilla situated in the Pica commune.

Lithium One defines new zone of high grade lithium-potash brine at Sal de Vida

VANCOUVER, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Lithium One Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LI), is pleased to report the delineation of a new zone (the "North Basin") containing thick halite sequences hosting high grade lithium and potassium brine at the Sal de Vida Project at Salar del Hombre Muerto, Argentina. The five core holes in this new discovery report grades averaging 852 mg/L lithium and 10,181 mg/L potassium within the first 55 metres from surface, with no cut-offs applied. The 50 kmNorth Basin is adjacent to, but geologically separated from, the 170 kmCentral Basin where the Company has previously defined an inferred resource1 of 5.4 million tonnes Lithium Carbonate equivalent and 21 million tonnes potassium chloride equivalent (1,470M m3 at 695 mg/L Li and 7590 mg/L K).

AmeriLithium announces August 15th exploration start date for Clayton Deep lithium brine project

HENDERSON, NV, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AmeriLithium Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: AMEL; "AmeriLithium" or "the Company") is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Magee Geophysical Services ("Magee") to commence the first stage of ...

Korea inks lithium deal with Bolivia to mine world's largest salt flats

The Korea Herald reports a Korean consortium forged an agreement with Bolivia’s state-run miner Comibol over the weekend to manufacture lithium-ion battery parts, boosting Korea’s bid to tap the largest lithium deposits in the world. A research project involving extracting lithium will begin next month at Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni – an 11,000 square kilometers salt flat (pictured) – with plans for constructing lithium-carbonate processing facilities. The soft, silver-white metal is widely used in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptops and electric cars and the price has been steadily increasing prompting talk of a Opec-style cartel to control production and prices among South American nations that together control 85% of the world's resources.

Criticality is in the eye of the beholder

The Earth's climate has been continuously changing throughout its history. From ice covering large amounts of the globe to interglacial periods where there was ice only at the poles - our climate and biosphere have been in flux for millennia.

Lithium One Inc.- Low cost lithium at the Sal de Vida brine project, Argentina

Lithium One Inc. (CVE:LI) is a mineral exploration and development company positioned to be a near-term producer of low-cost lithium and potash. Its flagship property is the Sal de Vida brine project in Argentina which hosts one of the largest and highest-grade brine deposits in the world. A preliminary economic assessment of the property is due to be completed in Q3 2011.

David Talbot thinks uranium and lithium demand will power stocks

Mining Analyst David A. Talbot remains bullish on uranium and sees growing demand for lithium. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, he tells us why he believes the nuclear plant building boom will continue worldwide despite the recent setback in Japan. He has positive expectations for select stocks in both arenas.

Vanadium batteries for sustainable energy

As demand for renewable energy sources grows, so will the need to store that energy. Because both wind and solar power do not provide a consistent flow of electricity, technology like the vanadium redox battery (VRB) is gaining the attention of commercial operations as well as governments, projecting a push in future demand for the mineral.

Quebec lithium mine’s site construction scheduled for third quarter

Mine developer reports the initial site construction of a mine and lithium carbonate processing facility at its Quebec Lithium Project, near Val d’Or, Quebec, should start in the third quarter of this year.

Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) update on Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant

Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) (PINK:GALXF) wishes to advise that construction and fabrication labour shortages in China's Jiangsu region have contributed to a revised commissioning schedule of the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Project (the Project or Jiangsu), to be staged over the next five months.

Orocobre updates drilling results from Salinas Grandes lithium-potash project

Australia's Orocobre Limited advised on Thursday that it is now in receipt of the analytical results from the brine samples taken during the core drilling program at the Salinas Grandes Lithium-Potash project in Salta Province, […]

Critical minerals and materials

In this article I am going to take a look at three reports covering what the US and Europe consider critical or strategic minerals and materials.

Lithium Corporation commences drilling at Cortez in Nevada

Lithium Corporation is an exploration company based in Nevada devoted to the exploration for new lithium resources within the state of Nevada. The Company explores and develops potentially economic lithium-enriched brine fields, with an eye to becoming a long-term producer of this increasingly strategic and economically important commodity.

Ultra Lithium acquires 344 square kms of Serbian mineral concessions with lithium and boron potential

Posted by Editor Friday, 08 July 2011 Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ULI) ("the Company" or "Ultra") is pleased to announce that it has been granted four (4) additional lithium/boron exploration licenses (prospects) in the Republic of Serbia through its

Canada Lithium announces key personnel appointments and equipment purchases For Québec Lithium Project

Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX: CLQ) (OTCQX: CLQMF) announced today it has filled three senior management positions and placed key orders for both process plant and mine equipment as the $202-million Québec Lithium Project near Val d'Or, Qué., enters the construction phase.

Argentina considers OPEC-like deal for lithium

Agence France Presse reports Argentina is promoting the idea of an OPEC-like cartel for itself, Bolivia and Chile – which together control 85% of the world's reserves of lithium – to manage prices and limit overproduction. A ton of lithium, worth around $2,500 in 2004, now sells for more than $6,000 and its greatest use is expected to be in electric vehicles: if electric cars achieve a 5% penetration rate by 2020, 60,000 tons of lithium will be needed to fill the demand according to one analyst but recycling would reduce demand for virgin materials.

Lithium has these big problems as an energy solution

According to researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory, worldwide demand will not exceed 8 million tons, well within the recoverable 12 million tons of reserves estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The issue has more to do with our rising demand for electric vehicles. In 2009, worldwide Lithium production reached 120,000 tons. If electric cars achieve a 5% penetration rate by 2020, 60,000 tons of Lithium will be needed to fill the demand.

Mammoth Energy Group acquires additional lithium assets

Mammoth Energy Group Inc. (PINK:MMTE) acquires seven concessions for a total of 4695 acres of lithium concessions located in the Salar de Pujsa.

Brine mining the Puna for potash and lithium

The Puna plateau sits at an elevation of 4,000m, stretches for 1800 km along the Central Andes and attains a width of 350–400 km. The Puna covers a portion of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia and hosts an estimated 70 - 80% of global lithium brine reserves.

Mesa Exploration receives metallurgical report for lithium, potash project

Mesa Exploration Corp. (TSX-V: MSA) is pleased to announce the receipt of a report outlining a conceptual metallurgical process for the Green Energy mineral brine project prepared by Dr. Richard Hammen of IntelliMet LLC. The report summarizes a processing plan utilizing molecular and ionic separation and reverse osmosis for extracting lithium, potash, magnesium, boron and bromine from the mineral-rich brine. Metallurgical testing will be performed based upon the report on the brine recovered from the upcoming drilling program to verify chemical composition and determine process factors such as recovery and optimum flow rates.

Lithium One commences pumping tests at Sal de Vida lithium-potash brine project

Lithium One Inc. announced on Wednesday the commencement of a pumping test program at its flagship Sal de Vida lithium-potash brine project in Argentina (pictured), one of the largest and the highest-grade lithium and potash brine projects in the world. The TSX Venture-listed company traded little changed on the news and like shares in other juniors in the sector is very volatile. Lithium One is down over 10% so far this year and has not been able to reach the record high it hit back in August 2009 when the Argentina project was first acquired.

Resource Investing News: Lithium resource in Argentina attracting analyst interest

On Monday, Lithium Americas(TSE:LAC) received a bullish initiating coverage report from equity research firm Dundee Capital Markets, as the lithium explorer was noted for having the potential to be one of the lowest cost lithium carbonate producers in the world.

Canada Lithium confirms Québec lithium mine viability; schedules site construction in Q3, 2011

Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX: CLQ; U.S. OTC: CLQMF) announced today the results of the updated feasibility study for the development of a mine and lithium carbonate processing facility at its Québec Lithium Project near Val d’Or, Québec. A National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report respecting the updated feasibility study will be filed on SEDAR within 14 days. The June technical report will replace the technical report dated January 5, 2011, that was prepared in respect of a feasibility study for the project that was completed in December, 2010.

Mammoth Energy Group continues to acquire Chilean lithium assets

Mammoth Energy Group, a lithium and alternative energy mining company, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Compania Lithium Investments Limitada of Chile has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire six concessions for a total of 2471 acres (1000 hectares) of lithium concessions located in the Salar de laco in northeast Chile. "The Salar de laco is approximately 10 miles from the border of Argentina and approximately fifty miles away from the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest mined lithium reserve," said William Lieberman, President of Mammoth Energy Group.