Lithium, ensuring quality supply

Lithium, ensuring quality supply

With lithium batteries becoming more popular, the quality of supply is of utmost importance. Metrohm provide convenient quality analysis with on-line ion chromatography.

Every advance in technology brings about new challenges. This is no different with the take-up of lithium batteries for solar-battery systems around the home, power storage farms or for electric cars.

The strong demand for lithium-based batteries has led to lithium mining and processing growing at a rapid rate. Initially in China and, as demand has grown further, in other parts of the world. As exploration continues, it has been found Australia holds large deposits of lithium with very high purities.

While the Chinese lithium industry has grown with the development of the lithium battery, Australia is now experiencing a lithium industry explosion. A number of lithium mining and processing facilities have been commissioned in a short period.

Of course, quality control and process efficiency is always important. New, large scale, processes require new quality control measures to ensure plant efficiency and high returns.

Metrohm Australia have developed a novel approach utilising ion chromatography for the analysis of lithium and the impurities that can affect the efficiency of a lithium processing plant. While a very useful application when set up in the laboratory for process analysis, the real benefit of this application is implementing it on-line with Metrohm Applikon.

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