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A Comparison of the Impacts of Lithium Extraction and Lithium Recycling Processes

McKirdy, Brennah;
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  • Published: 02 Jun 2016
  • Country: Canada
Lithium is used in the cathode and electrolyte of rechargeable batteries in many portable electronics and electric vehicles, and is thus seen as a critical component of modern technology (Gruber et al., 2011). Electric vehicles are promoted as a way to reduce carbon emissions associated with the transportation sector, which accounts for 14.3% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (OECD International Transport Forum, 2010). However, the sustainability of lithium procurement will influence the overall environmental impact of this proposed “green” solution. It is estimated that 66% of the world’s lithium resource is contained in natural brines, 24% in pegmatite...
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free text keywords: Geology, Lithium, Battery, Sustainability, Extraction, Recycling
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