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California Start-up Enters Lithium Market with Bolt-On Separation Technology

2:37 PM MDT | September 29, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Simbol Materials (Pleasanton, CA) says it has begun production of high purity lithium carbonate at its new 500 m.t./year Brawley, CA facility. The company is extracting lithium from the nearby Salton Sea, using separation technology that bolts on to geothermal power plants. The lithium carbonate will be used to produce cathode battery materials and lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) for electrolytic salts used in electrolyte solutions. Both are critical components for the electric vehicle (EV) market, which is forecast to reach $8 billion by 2015, Simbol says...

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