Controlled Thermal Resources is in the advanced stages of developing a new state of the art combined lithium extraction and geothermal power facility. The project’s available lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) is estimated at 76,000+ tonnes per annum, and 100% renewable baseload geothermal power. The project is located within the boundaries of the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area (SSKGRA) in Imperial County, California, USA.
The project will utilize carbon dioxide contained in the geothermal brine for the lithium carbonate process, making the entire project carbon dioxide negative. With no environmentally hazardous evaporation ponds, we will utilize the geothermal steam to concentrate in real-time, making this development a carbon negative and environmentally friendly world leading facility, incorporating both lithium production and power production contemporaneously.
Our geothermal power and minerals resource assessment has verified a robust and long term reserve. The experienced CTR development team will deliver stage one in 2022, having secured long term lease holdings inclusive of all mineral rights.
On completion of stage one, CTR plans to expand the development in 4 equal stages of LCE production providing a total resource capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes per annum of LCE, the largest known lithium resource and LCE production facility worldwide. There will be enough lithium to produce batteries for over 6,000,000 electric vehicles per year.