The UK government will fund a study to assess the feasibility of developing a British lithium supply. A consortium comprising the Natural History Museum, explorer Cornish Lithium and mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong.
The ‘Lithium for the UK’ project aims to help meet the increase in demand for the battery metal expected from the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The study forms part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, a £246mn government investment into battery technology.
Wardell Armstrong’s Research Director and Li4UK Project Coordinator, Dr Chris Broadbent commented: “Presently the UK is totally reliant upon 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.”