Sayona says tests confirm ‘exceptional purity’ of Authier lithium product
(Kitco News) - Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining announced today that it has achieved another milestone in advancing downstream processing in Québec, following confirmation that spodumene from the company’s Authier lithium project can be refined to produce high purity, 99.99% lithium hydroxide.
Sayona said that spodumene samples from Authier were processed into lithium hydroxide by Australian hydroxide technology provider ICS Lithium, using its sustainable, closed loop refining system. The samples were then analysed at CSIRO’s Mineral Resources laboratories in Perth, Western Australia, which confirmed their exceptional purity, the company added.
Additionally, the company said that Novonix Battery Technology Solutions is currently analyzing Authier product for performance comparisons with commercial lithium‐ion batteries.
Welcoming the results, Sayona’s Managing Director, Brett Lynch said, “This trial has highlighted that Authier spodumene can be refined into high purity lithium hydroxide. This is an essential requirement to meet the needs of battery manufacturers and enhances the market value of our product.”
Sayona is advancing downstream lithium processing in Québec to supply fast‐growing North American battery market.