Strategic Commodities

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Supply

lithium supply - Salt-encrusted lake beds, called salars, are scattered across the high, dry, and windy Puna de Atacama. Formed from the concentrated remnants of vast ancient lakes, the salars hold many soluble minerals, like potassium salts, lithium salts, and table salt. The Salar de Olaroz lithium mine is a new facility that will be capable of producing 17,500 metric tonnes of lithium carbonate per year by the end of 2015., cc Planet Labs, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salar_de_Olaroz_Lithium_Mine,_Argentina_by_Planet_Labs.jpg

New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. This article examines factors impacting lithium supply over the next decade.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Demand

A lithium mine in Chile as seen from space, modified, cc NASA, public domain, https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/images/largesize/PIA23420_hires.jpg

New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. First in a new series, this article examines factors impacting lithium demand over the next decade.

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