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UK govt backs consortium to advance Lithium supply chain

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LONDON (Scrap Register): The UK government will fund a study to assess the feasibility of developing a UK supply of lithium, a consortium comprising mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong, explorer Cornish Lithium and the Natural History Museum has announced.

The ‘Lithium for the UK’ project aims to help meet the increase in demand for the battery metal anticipated from the transition to electric vehicles.

The study forms part of the Faraday Battery Challenge – a £246-million government investment into battery technology.

Wardell Armstrong’s Research Director and Li4UK Project Coordinator, Dr Chris Broadbent said that the UK was totally reliant on imported lithium compounds, with the vast majority supplied from China, for use in the Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) that will power the electric vehicles of the future.

“This is the first project funded by the Faraday Battery Challenge that examines the potential to provide lithium from UK sources, including rocks and brines. I believe it can be of great significance to development and the creation of a 21stcentury, green mining industry in the UK,” he said.

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