Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has visited British Lithium’s pilot plant near Roche.
The minister met key members of the British Lithium team, toured the plant and saw some of the lithium carbonate that has been produced from the mica in locally extracted Cornish granite – a world first.
British Lithium received £3 million in funding from Innovate UK to build the pilot plant after four years of intensive research and development. The plant became operational at the beginning of this year and includes ground-breaking technology that is currently being patented.
With the aim of becoming the most environmentally friendly lithium producer in the world, British Lithium expects to be supplying about one third of UK anticipated lithium demand by 2030, when all new cars will have to be electric. Lithium carbonate is a key component in the batteries needed to power them.
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