Saltworks’ Lithium Refining Test Centre Opens to Accelerate Lithium Projects

January 24th, 2023

Saltworks is delighted to formally announce its Lithium Test Centre, dedicated to accelerating and de-risking lithium processing projects. The new centre incorporates end-to-end lithium processing pilot plants and technical expertise in the production of battery-grade lithium chemicals. This development consolidates and expands the company’s ongoing lithium offerings, including:

  • Processing direct lithium extraction (DLE) eluents to battery-grade lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide through Saltworks’ concentration, refining and converting (CRC) technologies,
  • Refining and upgrading lithium hydroxide using its SaltMaker MVR crystallizer technology, and
  • Producing metals from recycled lithium-ion battery hydrometallurgy processes.

“Saltworks’ technologies and engineering expertise are supporting the growth of the lithium extraction, refining and recycling industries at bench-, pilot- and full-scale,” said Saltworks’ CEO, Benjamin Sparrow. “Our new Lithium Test Centre delivers rapid results and project advancement based on proven, scalable technologies. Our full-scale plants are assembled right next door, in Saltworks’ manufacturing headquarters, ensuring that our pilot projects are representative of full-scale performance. By dedicating more resources to serving lithium clients, Saltworks intends to fast-track more projects, putting them on the path to clean, economic, full-scale solutions and enabling the transition to clean energy.” 

Photo of a Saltworks XtremeUF pilot unit
Photo of a Saltworks XtremeUF system, outdoors with a technician during testing

Lithium projects are progressed by using substantial pilot assets (first image) to support full-scale implementation (second).

“We are proud to build on Saltworks’ history of providing everything from scientific and engineering expertise to design and manufacturing for full-scale project delivery in the lithium mining and refining space,” said Saltworks’ Lithium Test Centre Leader, Megan Low.

Saltworks has delivered scalable, battery-grade lithium carbonate for multiple clients, as described in one client’s press release. Saltworks’ offerings for lithium projects are detailed on our Lithium Extraction & Refining page, and the Lithium Test Centre can be reached there. Those with lithium or industrial water projects at any stage of development are encouraged to share project inquiries with Saltworks for a swift, expert response.

Learn more about the Lithium Test Centre: in-house mini-refineries staffed by experts.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and lithium refining. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks’ team designs, builds, and operates full-scale plants, and offers comprehensive onsite and offsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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