Controlled Thermal Resources is in the advanced stages of developing a new, state of the art lithium extraction facility. The project’s available lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) is estimated at 76,000+ tonnes per annum utilising 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. With no environmentally hazardous evaporation ponds, geothermal steam will be used to concentrate in real-time, making this development an environmentally friendly world leading facility.
Our 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 3 additional 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.