Do Salton Sea issues mean trouble for DLE?
The decision of the US government to rescind a grant made to Berkshire Hathaway for development of lithium production from its Salton Sea geothermal power operations seems to suggest further issues with commercialising DLE extraction in geothermal lithium resources. The Salton Sea, often haled as an exciting source of lithium, continues to be difficult to develop. BH has struggled to extract lithium from the super-hot brines (averaging 371°C). The extreme heat of the brines has led to corroded equipment and clogged pipes, which means that it’s struggled to get its DLE process to work. In addition the hotch potch of...