Schlumberger, Gradiant partner in sustainable production of battery-grade lithium compounds
(Kitco News) - Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Gradiant, a global water solutions provider, to introduce a key sustainable technology into the production process for battery-grade lithium compounds.
According to the company's statement, as part of Schlumberger's NeoLith Energy direct lithium extraction and production flowsheet, Gradiant technology is used to concentrate the lithium solution and generate fresh water—a critical element in sustainable lithium production from brine.
"Proper natural resource management is essential in mineral production, and nowhere more so than in lithium," commented Gavin Rennick, president of Schlumberger's New Energy business. "The unprecedented growth in demand for this critical mineral requires high-quality production without compromising sustainability. The integration of Gradiant technology into our direct lithium extraction flowsheet has been key in our strategy to improve sustainability in the global lithium production industry."
The company added that Gradiant's technology enables high levels of lithium concentration in a fraction of the time required by conventional methods, while also reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption, and capital costs when compared to thermal-based technologies.
"The collaboration will enable the lithium industry to meet surging mineral demand with a previously unattainable level of water utilization, by simultaneously lowering the consumption of fresh water and reducing wastewater," it said.
Schlumberger is a technology company that partners with customers to access energy. Schlumberger focuses on low-carbon and carbon-neutral technologies, including ventures in the domains of hydrogen, lithium, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, geothermal power and geoenergy.
Gradiant is a global solutions provider for advanced water and wastewater treatment. Gradiant was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company focuses on addressing the world's increasing challenges created by industrialization, population growth, and water stress.
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