Lake Resources NLs (ASX:LKE) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) technology partner Lilac Solutions Inc is consistently producing high concentrations of lithium chloride from its direct lithium extraction (DLE) pilot plant module using brines from Lakes Kachi Lithium Brine Project in Argentina.
The initial 20,000 litres of Kachi brines are being progressively processed through Lilac's pilot plant in California.
The results continue to confirm the successful scale-up of processing from lab scale to pilot plant scale.
Only a minor scale-up is required to achieve targeted commercial scale.
Battery quality lithium carbonate
An established independent assay laboratory will be used for the next critical step of converting these lithium chloride samples to lithium carbonate.
This will produce larger battery quality lithium carbonate samples with the first expected in about 5 weeks, and then further samples in the month following.
Downstream participants that are monitoring this program have advised that using an established third-party to provide independent data for samples for potential offtake partners which will also be used for commercial-scale development planning and a definitive feasibility study (DFS).
Responsibly sourced lithium
Lake and Lilac are confident that high purity lithium carbonate will be confirmed as they progress towards delivering high purity, cleaner, responsibly sourced lithium.
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