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Jan 19: Critical Minerals and Materials Town Hall

A Lab wide town hall was held on January 19th, 2022 to prepare LBNL for multiple upcoming funding calls likely to cover topics specified in the DOE Critical Mineral and Materials Strategy and the FCAB Battery Blueprint. Topics included previous lab wide CMM efforts, new and emerging areas of interest in CMM, and sustaining an LBL vision for CMM.

Note: presentation viewable by LBL staff only. For questions, please email

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Improved quantification of Li at Lithium Valley

With the growth of the electrical vehicle market and the increasing demand for battery energy storage with the rapid expansion of intermittent renewable energy sources, the need for reliable, abundant, and domestic sources of Li is becoming more critical. One resource that has been identified for decades but has not been commercially exploited to date is Li in geothermal brines. The Salton Sea geothermal field taps into hypersaline (>200,000 ppm TDS) brines with elevated (200-300 ppm) Li concentrations.

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Can Geothermal Energy Solve the Lithium Shortfall?

Lithium might seem like an unlikely object for the limelight, but those steeped in the mineral commodities market are not surprised. The need for lithium has grown exponentially in recent years. It plays a vital role in our high-tech world, particularly with rechargeable lithium batteries, which drive the growing market for portable electronic devices, electric tools, vehicles, and grid storage solutions.

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