The Environment – Lithium mining and environmental impact

The technology developed by Dr. John Burba and used by Sorcia, is an innovative technology and it is committed to the wellbeing and development of the surrounding local communities of the Lithium production areas. In general, the salt flats are located in arid areas, where the water consumption is not only a concern for the authorities, but also for the inhabitants of those territories. In the future, the excessive use of water in the long run will affect mining companies who extract this mineral.

Just as important as producing enormous quantities of carbonate or hydroxide to satisfy international demand, it is also important to produce it in a sustainable and respectful way with the environment, transforming the industry as we know it today. Sorcia’s technology will produce lithium carbonate and hydroxide, battery grade in Chile and Argentina; considerably diminishing the environmental damage caused by the traditional evaporation processes. Sorcia’s technology is highly efficient in the separation of lithium chloride from the brine, reinjecting 90% of the brine extracted from the salt flats. Sorcia’s lithium extraction process is the most ecological technology, with the lowest operating cost and the fastest production Cycle.

Uses and presence of lithium

Lithium has numerous applications, from the use for lubricating grease and manufacturing of glass up to rechargeable batteries that power a wide variety of portable tools, mobile electronic devices and electric vehicles, in the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Recent studies have shown a foreseeable rise in demand for lithium of 73% in 2025, when electric cars become more viable and more countries impose restrictions on cars that use gasoline or diesel fuel.

The future of Energy– Electro-Mobility

Lithium is the central element for electro-mobility because of its unique energy storage properties. The Ion Lithium batteries can accumulate a higher density of energy than other technologies. The use of lithium is the technology that has been chosen to place the future in movement in a market which is growing at an accelerated pace. The presence of electric vehicles in the world has risen at an annual rate of 60%. The transport sector in 2018 was responsible for almost a third of the greenhouse emissions on the planet; and one of the main elements to reduce levels of CO2 in the short term, is precisely transitioning from fossil fuel to a cleaner energy.

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