E3 Lithium begins operation of DLE field pilot plant at Alberta
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E3 Lithium begins operation of DLE field pilot plant at Alberta

The operations begin with running the DLE processes at different system parameter settings to determine the most efficient extraction of lithium

  • By ICN Bureau | August 30, 2023

E3 Lithium, Alberta’s leading lithium developer and extraction technology innovator, announces that commissioning of its Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) field pilot plant is complete and operations have begun.

The operations begin with running the DLE processes at different system parameter settings to determine the most efficient extraction of lithium, guided by the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Upon determining a specific set of operating parameters, each system will run for a longer duration to accomplish two tasks: confirm consistent results over an extended period; and produce large volumes of lithium concentrate for further refining into lithium products, such as lithium hydroxide.

The data collected throughout the pilot operations will be primarily used to inform the commercial design of the processing facility for our Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and Feasibility Study (FS).

“The start of full operations is a testament to the hard work the team has been putting in to get this equipment running,” said Chris Doornbos, President and CEO of E3 Lithium. “This is a foundational moment for E3 Lithium, as demonstrating DLE at pilot scale will enable us to move forward in developing this lithium asset in Alberta towards commercialization.”

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