Lake Resources (LKE), New South Wales, Australia, has appointed Hazen Research Inc., Colorado, United States, to produce larger samples of battery-quality lithium carbonate for potential offtakers and interested customers, The Market Herald reports.
Lake Resources and its partner, Lilac Solutions Inc., Oakland, United States, are producing lithium chloride at Lilac’s lithium extraction pilot plant. The pair are using brines from Lake’s Kachi Lithium Brine Project in Argentina.
The companies have successfully produced brine with high recoveries to produce lithium chloride. Previously, Lilac has produced 99.9 per cent pure lithium carbonate from the lithium chloride using the conventional lithium carbonate process.
Hazen Research is an independent assay laboratory that is based in Colorado, U.S. It will produce the larger samples from the concentrated lithium chloride.
“Hazen Research is a well-regarded, established and independent provider of quality hydrometallurgy and their production of high-quality lithium carbonate within a reliable timeframe means we can confidently supply third party verified carbonate samples to interested parties,” Managing Director Steve Promnitz said.
Lake expects the first battery-quality lithium carbonate samples will be produced in the next five weeks.