Australian company launches brine to lithium project in California

Controlled Thermal Sources’ Hell’s Kitchen test facility near the Salton Sea in Niland, CA, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)



Oklahoma City’s Galvanic Energy isn’t the only firm in the U.S. with plans to extract lithium from brine wells and manufacture the critical mineral needed for production of batteries for millions of electric vehicles.

An Australian-based company, Controlled Thermal Resources, is exploring the same kind of project but in California, not southern Arkansas where Galvanic has targeted its efforts as reported last year by OK Energy Today.

In California, Controlled Thermal Resources is dismantling a small geothermal plant located in the Salton Sea at a site known as Hell’s Kitchen. The company intends to fine-tune plans for extracting lithium and other minerals from the boiling brine that flows 8,000 feet beneath on of the most seismically active areas in the country reported The Press-Enterprise.

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