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California Lithium Recovery Initiative Symposium, Stanford – 12 Feb. 2020

Stanford University, California (source: flickr/ Kazuhisa OTSUBO, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 29 Jan 2020

Attached to the Stanford Geothermal Workshop, the California Lithium Recovery Initiative will hold an on-site symposium on February 12, 2020 which will also be accessible online.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will jointly host a symposium facilitating presentations and panel discussions on lithium recovery from geothermal brine in California. The event is held in conjunction with the Stanford Geothermal Workshop, no registration for the workshop is though required for attending the symposium.

  • Date: February 12, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Stanford University Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105

The theme for this symposium is introducing California’s “Lithium Valley” vision of establishing a world-class lithium industry in the state. A focus is advancing California’s unique opportunity to recover lithium from geothermal brine in support of California’s clean energy future. The symposium will feature developers, policymakers, stakeholders, and customers involved from all aspects of the lithium supply chain.

To register, visit https://www.energy.ca.gov/event/workshop/2020-02/californias-lithium-recoveryinitiative-symposium.

The detailed schedule for this event will be posted prior to the event at https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Lists/DocketLog.aspx?docketnumber=17-GRDA-01.

Background

The demand for lithium is increasing due to a growing demand for batteries in support of transportation electrification and the integration of storage technologies in all scales of renewable energy generation.

An increase in demand for lithium coupled with advances in processes and technologies for lithium recovery, may provide California with a unique opportunity to foster a more environmentally-sound lithium product coupled with geothermal electricity production. Increased recovery of lithium from geothermal brine is also expected to generate revenue and local in-state economic development opportunities in an economically-depressed area, and the potential to produce a world-class source of battery-grade lithium within California.

The CEC has a long history of promoting the development of geothermal energy resources and technologies, including funding research projects that demonstrate lithium and other mineral recovery from geothermal brine. At this critical point in time for lithium use and production, CEC staff seek to identify ways to resolve barriers to development and support opportunities for lithium recovery from geothermal brine within California.

Further details on participation, comments on site and accessing the event remotely can be found in this announcement document (pdf)

Source: California Energy Commission