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New lithium-ion materials supply identified in Argentina

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 13:13 -- Vic
Galan Lithium's Hombre Muerto West project

Galan Lithium has announced proof of concept test work results for the precipitation of battery grade lithium carbonate.

The first laboratory test work for producing lithium carbonate was conducted in the town of Antofagasta, Argentina, under the supervision of specialised consultancy firm Ad-Infinitum. 

The test used as a feedstock the high quality brine concentrate with >6% of lithium contents obtained through the evaporation test work also undertaken in Antofagasta. 

The material was produced at Galan’s flagship Hombre Muerto West project located in the South American Lithium Triangle in Catamarca, Argentina. 

The assay of the lithium carbonate sample was completed at an external laboratory located in Santiago. 

The delivered result achieved 99.88% of lithium carbonate contents exceeding the minimum quality of 99.5% for battery grade products. 

Galan’s managing director, Juan Pablo Vargas de la Vega, said: “While this is early days, we are excited to demonstrate this first step as a proof of concept of high purity lithium carbonate while we still have room for improvement >99.88% LCE.

“Importantly, from our studies, Galan’s high grade and low impurities brine has demonstrated that we can produce high purity lithium carbonate at a low cost. 

“The company continues to add flexibility on the road to production with different added value routes as lithium concentrate and now battery grade lithium carbonate. We keep learning with every test we do and will continue to do so in the future.” 

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