Thanks for the link. Don't forget to read the original document of the Univerity of Wyoming, very interesting. It seems they stumbled upon this reserve looking for a suitable location for CO2 sequestration.
I find it ironic that the research that was set up to allow continued use of fossil fuels without climate change, yielded the discovery of the key ingredient necessary for the transition away from fossil fuels. In a sense, the fossil fuel companies are digging their own grave with this research.
this is really exciting news for the future of electric transport!
I was under the impression that Lithium mining was such a nasty task that even though we had some Lithium reserves in the US we preferred to outsource it to China?
I think it's the refining. Or maybe I'm thinking of rare earth metals.
All mining and refining in China is conducted in a nasty way that would never be allowed in the US. There is no reason it has to be done that way it is just a little cheaper.
And if I understand correctly, this resource doesn't have to be mined in the classical sense of the word. You can just pump it up from under ground, while leaving the surface mostly undisturbed.
To think that just the water below such a tiny speck of this planet could possibly yield enough lithium to provide for an electric car for every family on the planet. Once that lithium is out of the ground and into the 'loop', you can use it almost indefinitely. Just make sure you recycle all batteries.
Btw on the subject of pumping up lithium: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/426131/startup-to-capture-lithium-f...