Earth911 Podcast: The Essential Minerals Institute’s Jack Lifton on Sourcing Lithium for the EV Transition

Is there sufficient lithium in the USA to meet the made-in-America necessities of the Inflation Discount Act’s tax incentive programs for new electric vehicles? The Worldwide Vitality Company projects that the world will need 1,063 kilotons of lithium in 2040. That’s 48 occasions the amount of lithium utilized in EVs and electrical energy storage in 2020. The place will it come from? Our visitor at present is Jack Lifton, a bodily chemist who has labored for the previous 60 years on the purification of uncommon metals for the electronics and vitality storage industries. He’s the co-chairman of the Critical Minerals Institute, a world skilled group centered on battery and expertise supplies, and an advisor to One World Lithium, a lithium extraction expertise firm. One World Lithium has developed a lithium carbonation course of that Jack suggests can produce extra battery-grade materials than extra heat- and pressure-intensive approaches.

Jack Lifton, co-chairman of the Critical Minerals Institute
Jack Lifton, co-chairman of the Essential Minerals Institute, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Now that we clearly see the depth of the local weather disaster, lithium — the idea for many batteries utilized in electrical automobiles — could be known as essentially the most vital mineral on the planet. China presently dominates the extraction and processing of lithium, and has locked up entry to lithium and different vital minerals sources in components of Africa and Latin America. Jack argues that the USA must rethink its industrial technique to give attention to STEM expertise and low-impact manufacturing processes to make the flip from fossil fuels to electrification, together with discovering equitable partnerships with nations within the World South that maintain giant reserves of lithium, cobalt, and different vital minerals. You’ll be able to study extra about Jack Lifton and the Essential Minerals Institute at and comply with his common columns at


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