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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Derek Macpherson

Lithium: Mining Industry Gears Up for the Battery Boom

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The global production of Li-ion batteries is expected to significantly increase over the next few years as the costs of production continue to decrease and auto manufacturers implement plans for electric vehicles (EV’s). With the demand of Li-ion batteries comes the demand for lithium, a silvery-white metal that under standard conditions is the lightest metal and solid element on Earth. This enables lithium to have a high charge-to-weight ratio, which makes it an important component for batteries. Li-ion batteries require both lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide, which have both experienced a +120% price increase between the beginning of 2015 and 2017. The boom in battery demand and lithium prices were met by an estimated 12% increase in mine supply for 2016 from existing operations, with the remaining supply gap to be met by new production from emerging producers (USGS).  read more


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