- Vulcan Energy (VUL) is successfully developing its own lithium extraction sorbent VULSORB from its projects in Germany
- The sorbent technology has been tested and demonstrated higher performance and lower water consumption compared to commercially available sorbents around the world
- To date, no commercially available lithium recovery sorbents have been produced in Europe, making the region dependent on foreign supply chains
- As such, Vulcan has selected VULSORB as its first choice sorbent for lithium extraction, with production scheduled for Q4 2025
- Shares of Vulcan are up 2.45 percent and are trading at $7.96 as of 2:54 p.m. AEDT
Vulcan Energy (VUL) has developed its own lithium extraction sorbent called “VULSORB” for sustainable lithium extraction.
The Company has previously conducted tests with VULSORB showing higher performance and lower water consumption for lithium extraction at Vulcan’s pilot plant compared to commercially available sorbents.
The manufacturing process proved “green” as many of the reagents were recycled and Vulcan had the option of using its own lithium to make future sorbents once it’s in production. As a result, this would further reduce Vulcan’s carbon footprint and operating costs while meeting the European Union’s circular economy goals.
“To date, there are no commercially available lithium recovery sorbents in Europe, making the region dependent on foreign supply chains,” Managing Director and CEO Francis Wedin said.
“VULSORB will enable Europe to mine lithium from its own brine fields without facing geopolitical risks.
“Vulcan will evaluate the potential of VULSORB for use in other lithium brines in Europe and globally, particularly in renewable heating brines that can be used to produce lithium with a net zero and zero fossil fuel carbon footprint, in accordance Carbon neutral by Vulcan’s strict mandate.”
The Company selected VULSORB as the sorbent of choice for lithium extraction in its proposed Phase 1 commercial development, which is scheduled for production in Q4 2025.
In addition, Vulcan confirmed that it will continue to test other sorbents from commercial suppliers to provide additional options and potential use in future phases of development.
Shares of Vulcan are up 2.45 percent to trade at $7.96 as of 2:54 p.m. AEDT.