Spodumene to Lithium Chemicals - A Work in Progress
Spodumene represents the first step in the lithium value chain for about half of the primary lithium used in batteries. What is spodumene? Where does it fit into lithium-ion battery production? Where does Australia fit into this? What are the technical challenges in converting spodumene to lithium chemicals or metal? Let’s have a look at how key lithium chemicals are produced, the engineering and chemistry options and how engineers are trying now to future-proof plants to adapt to evolving lithium-ion battery chemistries.
Global Lithium Director, Hatch
Greg is a Principal Process Consultant with over 40 years’ experience in extractive metallurgy, particularly in the development, engineering and commercialisation of hydrometallurgical processes. Greg is the Hatch Global Lithium Director. His career has focussed on process and technical innovation, demonstration plants, process costings, process design and reviews and commercial plant commissioning. Greg has previously worked for MIM/Xstrata, Australian Magnesium and as a Professor in Extractive Metallurgy at the University of Queensland.
Having worked at senior project directorate level, he has extensive experience and knowledge in the area of large-scale project development encompassing all phases of project lifecycle. He established the Hatch Lithium Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Greg has recent experience acting as either process manager, consultant or project sponsor for lithium project developments for Covalent, POSCO, Albemarle, Pilbara Minerals, AMG-NV, Nemaska Lithium, Galaxy Resources/Tianqi China, Li-Cycle recycling, Tianqi lithium metal, Talison’s Mineral Conversion Plant, and Rio Tinto’s Jadar and Rincon developments.