Contracted To Produce Large Samples Of Battery Quality Lithium Carbonate
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) has appointed Colorado-based independent assay laboratory Hazen Research Inc. to assist with its clean lithium development programme.
Managing Director, Steve Promnitz, said Hazen has been contracted to produce larger samples of battery quality lithium carbonate for supply to potential off-takers and other interested parties.
To date, Lake’s technology partner Lilac Solution’s lithium extraction pilot plant module has successfully processed Kachi brine with high recoveries to produce lithium chloride, which is suitable for processing into battery grade lithium carbonate using conventional carbonate processing methods.
Lilac has previously produced 99.9% pure lithium carbonate from this lithium chloride using the conventional lithium carbonate process.
Mr Promnitz said Hazen Research is now tasked with producing larger lithium carbonate samples from the concentrated lithium chloride being produced from Lilac’s lithium extraction pilot plant module in California, using brines from Lake’s Kachi Lithium Brine Project.
An initial batch of the concentrated lithium chloride is now being couriered to Hazen and the first battery quality lithium carbonate samples are expected to be produced in approximately five weeks from their labs.
“Hazen Research is well-regarded, established and independent provider of quality hydrometallurgy and their production of high-quality lithium carbonate within a reliable timeframe means we can confidently supply third party verified carbonate samples to interested parties,” Mr Promnitz said. “We continue to de-risk the new technology and will provide progress updates through to the first independent samples being reported.”