More lithium batteries for hybrids

Lithium salt production at the Salar de Atacama, Chile
Lithium salt production at the Salar de Atacama, Chile. Pic courtesy of Rockwood Lithium, one of the largest lithium raw material producers.
Lithium salt production at the Salar de Atacama, Chile

Lithium salt production at the Salar de Atacama, Chile. Pic courtesy of Rockwood Lithium, one of the largest lithium raw material producers.

Research company Roskill is forecasting the lithium industry will be increasingly reliant on production of lithium-ion batteries to sell its product and that the growth of hybrid electric vehicles means a shift away from portable electronics as a focus for the rechargeable battery market.

Lithium is used in a wide variety of other products, including glass ceramics, greases and polymers. Although demand for these will continue to rise, this will flatten out in a few years, says the report. Overall demand for the element will continue to rise and this will, in part, be met by new projects that will add around 50,000 tonnes to global supply by 2015.

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