North Lancashire (UK)

Webinar: Lithium Extraction for Battery Manufacture

Webinar: Lithium Extraction for Battery Manufacture
  • Date From 20th September 2023
  • Date To 20th September 2023
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 18:30 BST. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.


As the world moves to a more sustainable approach, the global demand for critical minerals to deliver such developments has become ever more important. At present 80% of lithium hydroxide is produced by China, with none being produced domestically. This lack of domestic production can have a significant impact upon a number of UK industries, especially the automotive one, which presently supports approximately 800,000 positions.

Cornwall potentially hosts the largest deposit of lithium in Europe, which means that there is the opportunity to support development of a new industry in a deprived area of the UK.

This presentation will provide an overview of exploration and pilot scale extraction for lithium in Cornwall from geothermal brines, discussing the opportunities and issues associated with Direct Lithium Extraction.


Richard Thompson, Chemical Engineer and Project Manager, Cornish Lithium

Having obtained qualifications in mining engineering, mineral processing and chemical engineering, as well as being a Chartered Engineer through the IChemE, Richard Thompson is an experienced engineer, having been involved in process design, operations and project management in a number of industries around the world. Richard presently manages a small team within Cornish Lithium Ltd. focused on lithium extraction from geothermal brines within Cornwall.

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the North Lancashire Member Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


18:30–19:45 BST.


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