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Panasonic joins US project that extracts lithium for EVs 'in weeks'

Japanese battery maker teams with Schlumberger in search for stable supply

Brine pools at a lithium mine in Chile: Recovering lithium through the evaporation pond method typically takes more than a year.   © Reuters

OSAKA -- Panasonic has joined a project led by U.S. oil services leader Schlumberger that seeks to extract lithium from underground salt water in a fraction of the time, reducing the process from over a year to a matter of weeks.

Schlumberger has started a pilot plant to extract lithium from underground salt water in the U.S. state of Nevada, with Panasonic testing samples of the extracted lithium to determine if it is suitable for electric vehicle batteries. The Japanese company will also provide consultation on points for improvement.

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