Most of the world’s lithium reserves are found in salt brines, with current production concentrated in South America. The conventional process for extracting lithium from brines requires large evaporation ponds, large quantities of chemical inputs, and long periods of time for construction and processing. This conventional process also suffers from low lithium recovery and cannot access marginal lithium resources. Lithium producers are seeking new extraction methods to access resources around the world.
Lilac Solutions has developed a new ion exchange technology to address the challenges face by lithium producers. Lilac's technology streamlines operations, boosts lithium recovery, and expands production into marginal resources. Our process is modular and can be ramped in time with the market.
Ion exchange depends on materials that can selectively absorb lithium from a brine and then release the lithium at a high concentration. Competing absorbents require large amounts of water, yield lithium at low concentration, and are limited to rare lithium sweet spots. Lilac's unique ion exchange materials and beads enable a one-step process yielding concentrated lithium solutions from a wide variety of resources. Our process can access brines with low concentrations of lithium while rejecting large amounts of impurities.
Lilac is a mining services company and is building partnerships with lithium producers around the world.