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Lithium Processing

Whether it’s installing solar panels at several of our facilities or finding creative ways to improve energy efficiency, we strive to provide benefits for our customers and the environment. SUEZ understands that the growth of the global lithium industry is vital to building a more sustainable future. Today there are over 70 types of products where lithium is a major component. From mobile devices to electric vehicles and transforming our grid with battery storage for a growing renewable energy industry, lithium plays an essential role in improving the world around us.

Lithium Processing

Whether it’s installing solar panels at several of our facilities or finding creative ways to improve energy efficiency, we strive to provide benefits for our customers and the environment. SUEZ understands that the growth of the global lithium industry is vital to building a more sustainable future. Today there are over 70 types of products where lithium is a major component. From mobile devices to electric vehicles and transforming our grid with battery storage for a growing renewable energy industry, lithium plays an essential role in improving the world around us.

Overview

Our mission is to help lithium produces overcome challenges by developing and optimizing the production process to reliably meet production targets. We have the capability to design and supply complete processing systems, from brine or leach solutions to final product, including the following technologies:

  • Lithium Purification Membrane System
  • Impurity removal using Ion Exchange (IX)Electrodialysis (ED), precipitation, etc.
  • Lithium salts crystallization and
  • re-crystallization
  • Lithium brine concentration
  • By-products recovery and crystallization
  • Solid/liquid separation
  • Lithium product and by-product drying
  • Solids handling and bagging systems

SUEZ also offers a variety of equipment and chemical technologies for process make-up water treatment as well as industrial water and wastewater treatment for plant or construction camp facilities. SUEZ can also provide mobile trailer treatment systems for rapid response or temporary solutions.

Capabilities

SUEZ is a global leader for solids removal, advanced membrane & filtration and evaporator & crystallizer technologies. We offer more than 100 years of experience delivering products and solutions backed by a strong reputation of performance. Our lithium processing capabilities are reinforced by a global team of scientists and engineers that design solutions for the production of high purity lithium. 

System Designs

SUEZ has a wide range of evaporation and crystallization system designs specific for lithium processing.

  • Filtration and membrane, ion exchange, lithium brine concentration
  • Mechanical Vapor Recompression systems
  • Thermal Vapor Recompression systems
  • Multiple-Effect systems
  • Forced Circulation systems
  • Vertical Tube, Falling Film evaporators
Processing Capabilities
  • Lithium Products: Lithium Hydroxide (LiOH), Lithium Carbonate (Li2CO3), Lithium Chloride (LiCl), Lithium Sulfate (Li2SO4), and others.
  • By-Products: Sodium Sulfate (Na2SO4), Potassium Sulfate (K2SO4), Sodium Chloride (NaCl), Potassium Chloride (KCl), Boric Acid (HBO), and others.
Integrated Flowsheets

Our broad portfolio of technologies enables the design of integrated flowsheets for processing of lithium brine and leach solutions. Having the process technologies inhouse allows for optimization of the entire flowsheet and results in the lowest project costs. Whether treating a brine direct from the salar or source or a pregnant leach solution (PLS) from the mine and beneficiation, SUEZ can provide the complete processing solution.

 

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