California Geothermal Power Plant to Help Meet High Lithium Demand

September 20, 2012

Ever wonder how we get the materials for the advanced batteries that power our cell phones, laptops, and even some electric vehicles? The U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) is working with California's Simbol Materials to develop technologies that extract battery materials like lithium, manganese, and zinc from geothermal brines produced during the geothermal production process.

For details, check out this recent Bloomberg article: Lithium Boom Spurs Production from California Brine: Commodities.

To learn more about this DOE project, visit the GTP Projects database.