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Could sulphur be a major battery raw material bottleneck?

Posted on - 11 Sep 2022

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A paper by University College London, published in the Geographical Journal, suggests that sulphur could be the next raw materials bottleneck for the Energy Transition. The paper suggests that demand for sulphuric acid will rise from 246Mtpa now to 400Mtpa by 2040 and that this could result in a supply shortfall of over 100Mtpa, and considerably more, if crude oil and gas production fall faster than expected. Currently over 80% of global sulphur supply is derived from waste from hydrocarbon production. A number of key processes in battery material production rely on sulphuric acid. These include manufacture of iron phosphate;...

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Bottleneck Cobalt Lepidolite Lithium Lithium Iron Phosphate Manganese Nickel Sedimentary Lithium Spodumene Sulphur Sulphuric Acid