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Start-up Challenges Lithium Firms with Bolt-on Process

8:10 AM MST | November 26, 2011 | —Rebecca Coons

Brine Breakthrough: Yielding low-cost lithium. A California start-up backed by trading giant Itochu (Tokyo) says it can produce large volumes of lithium and other valuable minerals from geothermal brines with its proprietary bolt-on extraction technology. The company, Simbol Materials (Pleasanton), recently announced it has begun production of high-purity lithium carbonate suitable for battery applications at its 500-m.t./year plant at Brawley, CA, with commercial sales expected to begin in January. The lithium carbonate will be used to produce cathode battery...

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