European Metals Holdings Ltd said a pilot programme has confirmed ore from its Cinovec deposit can produce “exceptionally clean” battery-grade lithium carbonate.
Using ore representative of what is expected in the first seven years of mine life, the crude lithium carbonate from the pilot was confirmed at 99.7% purity, without any additional processing.
Work to produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate is now underway, EMH added.
Keith Coughlan, EMH’s executive chairman, said: “The confirmation of the exceptionally clean nature of the Cinovec lithium carbonate resulting from the pilot programme is further proof of the tremendous importance of the Cinovec lithium project for the whole of the EU.
“The pilot programme data is now being used to confirm design and engineering for the ongoing Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS).”