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Lithium will fuel the clean energy boom. This company may have a breakthrough
By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times | October 14, 2019
Gaze across the Salton Sea, a sparkling oasis in the California desert, and you’ll see white plumes of steam rising against the hazy Chocolate Mountains.
The steam comes from 11 geothermal power plants, nestled between the accidental lake and the verdant farm fields of the Imperial Valley. The area has been churning out climate-friendly geothermal energy since the 1980s, long before solar panels and wind turbines became cheap and abundant.
The geothermal plants could soon contribute to California’s war against climate change in a new way: by producing lithium, a key ingredient in batteries that power electric cars and store solar power for use after dark.
Companies have tried for decades to extract lithium from the super-heated underground fluid used for energy generation at the southern end of the Salton Sea, home to one of the world’s most powerful natural geothermal hot spots. Just a few years ago, a technology start-up called Simbol Materials went bust shortly after Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. offered to buy it for $325 million.
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August 13, 2016 Finding balance in desert renewable energy development | The Press-Enterprise - (pdf)
July 25, 2016 Energy initiative sparks desert duel | SF Chronicle - (pdf)
July 22, 2016 Pumped Up: Renewables Growth Revives Old Energy-Storage Method | WSJ - (pdf)
July 16, 2016 Thorny issues challenge California's commitment to renewable energy goals | LA Times/L.A. Now - (pdf)
July 12, 2016 Study says expansion of California's electric grid would save consumers $1.5 billion | LA Times - (pdf)
July 7, 2016 Anatomy of a nuke closure: How PG&E decided to shutter Diablo Canyon | Utility Dive - (pdf)
June 28, 2016 Corporate demand fueling clean energy use -- Ceres | E&E Publishing, LLC - (pdf)
June 21, 2016 California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant Could Close | New York Times - (pdf)
June 21, 2016 End of an atomic era: PG&E to close Diablo Canyon nuclear plant | SFGATE - (article)