SUSTAINABLY RESOURCING THE FUTURE
of all lithium produced is expected to be used in batteries and portable electronics by 2025
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Weardale Lithium is aiming to make a significant contribution to the transition of the UK towards a carbon-zero economy by seeking to sustainably produce lithium and generate clean geothermal energy. The lithium that will be extracted sits in geothermal brines which can be extracted with very little change to the landscape.
Geothermal brine lithium, which is located in Weardale, produces a small physical footprint. No open pits, no evaporation ponds and limited change to the landscape. It is the most sustainable way to mine Lithium.
Salars, or more commonly known evaporation ponds, require large amounts of land. There is a lot of water loss and it is a slower process. The residual salt waste can also be toxic to the environment.
OPEN PIT MINING
Open pit mining creates a large physical footprint on the land and permanent change to the environment. The materials are usually processed overseas which creates a longer production time.
Weardale has a strong history with mining dating back to the 12th century. Lead and silver mines played a huge role in sculpting the landscape and providing employment throughout this rural area.
Mining in Weardale reached its peak in the 19th century with up to 28 individual lead operations. Weardale is also famous for its Fluorspar. These stones can be found in museums all around the world and are still mined today.
Lithium was discovered in Weardale in 2004 during a feasibility study which proved the potential for geothermal energy from underground brines in the area. These brines also turned out to be enriched with lithium.