Batteries for EVs Europe’s First Lithium Refinery to be Developed in Germany
Under a letter of intent signed between Bilfinger and Rock Tech Lithium, both the companies will work together to build Europe’s first lithium hydroxide converter in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. On completion, the production plant is expected to produce 24,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide every year which will prove useful for the batteries of around 500,000 electric cars.
Mannheim/Germany – Bilfinger and clean-tech company Rock Tech Lithium have signed a letter of intent for an EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management) partnership. The agreement relates to the construction of Europe’s first lithium hydroxide converter. The production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide will be built in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. Once completed, it will produce 24,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide annually for the batteries of 500,000 electric cars. Rock Tech’s project is currently at an advanced planning stage. Bilfinger is providing engineering services and, in the event of realization, will primarily be responsible for further procurement services as well as construction management.
Christina Johansson, interim CEO and CFO of Bilfinger: “The production of lithium hydroxide as a component of electric car batteries is essential for a transition to environmentally friendly transport. The concept developed by Rock Tech Lithium for the construction of the lithium refining plant is innovative and technologically convincing.”
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Rock Tech Lithium announced the construction of Europe's first lithium refinery on October 11, 2021 and acquired the necessary site from the city of Guben. Part of the lithium required for production will come from the company’s Hardrock deposit in Georgia Lake, Canada.
Rock Tech Lithium’s goal is to produce lithium hydroxide with the lowest possible environmental impact throughout the value chain. Together with the German Lithium Institute ITEL, the company has developed a zero-waste strategy, which envisages also recycling the by-products of lithium hydroxide production - for example in the gypsum industry. The aim is to also recycle the lithium itself at a later stage.