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GSDG - Critical Metals: UK Lithium

14 September 2022
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Lecture, Specialist Group
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Geological Society Events, Geological Society Discussion Group
University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square
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British Lithium was the first company to discover a sizable lithium deposit in the UK, the first to develop a novel, environmentally friendly process for extracting lithium and the first to prove battery grade lithium can be produced from Cornish granite. After three years of intensive research and development, we have invented a low-energy, chemical-free process for physically separating the mica in granite that contains lithium and has developed a highly efficient process for concentrating lithium mica without using chemicals and will be using renewable energy to power our newly invented Mi-Sep ® technology which has a patent pending.


Robin Kelly of British Lithium

Robin has over a decade’s experience, across multiple African countries and commodities, ranging from grassroots exploration and project generation, to resource development and mining geology, in both base and precious metals. Robin has a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Cardiff University (UK) and MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines (UK). Robin joined British Lithium in 2020 becoming their Geology Manager and leading the exploration team as they prove up a resource in lithium mica granites in Cornwall.

British Lithium are currently developing a novel, environmentally friendly process for extracting lithium from Cornish granites, using patented technology. British Lithium are trying to rapidly define an economic JORC resource and progress towards a full feasibility study. They aim to ultimately establish the UK's first mine, process plant and refinery producing battery-grade lithium from unconventional lithium-mica granites, thus helping create a domestic source of lithium carbonate for Britain. The UK has set the ambitious target of prohibiting the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030, with the automotive industry forming a vital part of the UK economy contributing £67 billion turnover each year. British Lithium aim to meet one-third of the projected UK demand of 62,000tpa of Lithium carbonate by 2030, which is integral to helping the UK in moving towards net zero, whilst also keeping the British automotive industry alive.


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