Direct Lithium Extraction Technology 2023 Field Pilot
With Canada’s largest high confidence lithium resource and proprietary Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology, E3 Lithium is at the forefront of developing the lithium industry and supply chain in Alberta.
E3’s field pilot plant will test DLE technology at near commercial scale in real world operating conditions. The success of the pilot will contribute to de-risking E3 Lithium’s ability to commercialize its vast resource.
Located east of Olds and north of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, the pilot will operate in the summer and fall of 2023.
- May 2023: Site preparation
- June-July 2023: Equipment arrival and construction
- August 2023: Commissioning
- Summer-Fall 2023: Operations
Key Performance Indicators
E3 Lithium will measure the success of the field pilot plant against the KPIs below.
||Key Performance Indicator (KPI)
||Mass of lithium recovered from the mass of lithium in the feed
|Lithium grade in the lithium product stream
||Concentration of lithium relative to other impurities (Na+K+Ca+Mg+Mn+Sr+B)
|≥ 600 mg/L
||Concentration of lithium in the lithium product stream
|Flow rate ratio
||Brine flow rate divided by the system volumetric capacity
Lithium Recovery: The basis for including ≥ 80% lithium recovery is that it enables E3 Lithium to maximize the value of each unit of brine brought to surface.
Lithium Concentrate Quality: The quality of the product stream, or concentrate, containing lithium ≥ 600 mg/L with low impurities (≥ than 25% lithium in the product stream) outlines a high lithium to impurity ratio that enables simplified and conventional downstream refining into battery quality lithium hydroxide.
Flow Rate: The flow rate ratio is a measure of the rate at which the lithium can be extracted from the brine within a fixed capacity. The higher the ratio, the smaller the DLE commercial plant required, which is a proxy for the capital costs of this system.