Lithium extraction from oilfield brines

In tandem with increase in demand for lithium products for use in electric cars and electronics, there has been an interest in finding more sustainable lithium production processes as opposed to conventional evaporation ponds and hard rock mining both of which are environmentally intrusive and have high carbon footprint. Recion Technologies, Inc., an Edmonton based startup, has developed a sustainable direct lithium extraction process which can extract lithium from conventional and unconventional resource. The company is in the development stage of the technology and needs to optimize its process and prepare an economics assessment of its process prior to building its field prototype. This project is focused on Recion’s process on Li extraction from a few field collected brines.

Jenna Maccagno
Faculty Supervisor: 
Daniel Alessi;Thomas Chacko
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