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Metso’s Groundbreaking Lithium Hydroxide Process makes Strides Towards Eco-Friendly Innovations

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Metso’s Groundbreaking Lithium Hydroxide Process makes Strides Towards Eco-Friendly Innovations

Revolutionizing the Lithium Extraction Process

Innovations in eco-friendly technology continue to shape the landscape of industrial processes. Metso’s sustainable lithium hydroxide process stands at the forefront of this movement, offering a breakthrough in the extraction of lithium with high yield while minimizing inert and neutral mineral residue. This unique approach not only streamlines production but also significantly reduces pollution to air, water, and soil.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Recent studies have highlighted the reduced environmental impact of Metso’s alkaline leach process compared to conventional technologies. Through a comprehensive life cycle impact assessment (LCIA), the process has shown remarkable reductions in water consumption, acidification, and eutrophication impact – ranging from 40% to 60%. Additionally, the compact nature of the process minimizes plant footprint and embedded carbon, further solidifying its eco-friendly credentials.

Decades of Dedication to Sustainable Innovations

For over two decades, Metso has dedicated its efforts to developing sustainable alkaline leaching technologies for hard rock lithium sources. This commitment has led to the creation of proprietary technologies tailored for refining lithium from spodumene mineral concentrates. Ongoing research and development in processing other lithium-bearing pegmatite hard rocks like petalite, zinnwaldite, and lepidolite demonstrate the company’s unwavering pursuit of sustainability.

From Mine to Battery Materials: A Comprehensive Offering

Metso’s prowess in lithium processing extends beyond extraction – encompassing all facets of production from mine to battery materials, including recycling of black mass. Marika Tiihonen, Metso’s technology manager for lithium, emphasizes the company’s holistic approach in delivering the complete production process. With a focus on world-class service support, Metso stands as a stalwart partner for projects involving lithium hydroxide and other battery minerals.