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The electrification of our world drives a fast increase in demand for lithium, to be used mainly for batteries in electric vehicles and power storage from renewable but intermittent energy sources. Unfortunately, the most common methods to extract lithium belie the role in sustainability it is supposedly playing: lithium extraction from brines requires long-term and huge volumes of water evaporation, high chemical usage and production of waste.

With the Li+WATER project we propose a…