Competitiveness in Lithium Industry

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10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017 | Würzburg

Competitiveness in Lithium Industry

Lithium, a key element for glasses and ceramics, has also become critical to the energy transition driven by the rapid development of new energy storage solutions and the emergence of electric vehicles. EIT RawMaterials Central and its partners BRGM, Eramet, Fraunhofer and Université de Lorraine organize the event »Competitiveness in Lithium Industry« that aims at discussing the whole Lithium value chain – from market, sources, extraction, uses, applications to recycling.

Although the demand of Lithium is continuously growing (2 to 3% per year), only few suppliers are present on this strategic market, most of them focussing on salars exploitation and none of them being European. As more players intend to position themselves in this difficult context, all lithium resources should be evaluated regardless of their origin. Indeed, the competitiveness of each resource will strongly depend on matching the resources with processing technologies, and ultimately on matching the resulting lithium products with their dedicated applications.

The event will address the following themes with the aim of facilitating dialogue between the leading experts of the Lithium value chain looking across the different sectors:

1. Overview of Lithium ore deposits with emphasis on Europe
Discussions on ore deposits across the world, the impact of mineralogy on lithium resources, as well as possible underestimation of the European potential towards Lithium production.
Contributions from BRGM, Univ. of Bilbao, Univ. of Porto

2. Lithium-mining projects in Europe
Presentations of projects aiming at Lithium production in Europe: the Wolfsberg project (Austria) and the Keliber project (Finland).
Contributions from the CEOs of European Lithium and Keliber

3. Extraction and refining of Lithium
Discussions regarding novel solutions to increase the energy efficiency of processes and improve the quality of Lithium products.
Contributions from Eramet and Outotec

4. Criticality and market trends
From the criticality of the Lithium resource to the pricing of Lithium in Li-ion battery era, as well as the expected market trends.
Contribution from BGR-DERA (and more)

5. Technology development roadmap
An overview of developments supported by the European Commission for low-carbon energy solutions with emphasis on batteries.
Contribution from the EMIRI initiative,
Presentation of battery projects supported by EIT RawMaterials

6. Battery development and cell applications
State-of-the-art of materials for Lithium batteries and development roadmap towards future applications.
Contributions from Custom Cells, Fraunhofer ISC, Umicore
Visit of the Fraunhofer R&D Centre for Electromobility Bavaria

7. Resource management and recycling of Lithium containing products
Discussion surrounding Lithium’s value chain, circular economy, and modern approaches towards sustainability.
Contribution from University. of Augsburg/Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS, University of Chalmers, University of Freiberg, Umicore, Véolia

Information on participating / attending:


10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017

Registration deadline:


Event venue:

Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg

Target group:

Business and commerce, Journalists



Subject areas:

Chemistry, Energy, Materials sciences, Mechanical engineering

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference, Seminar / workshop / discussion




Marie-Luise Righi


Marketing und Kommunikation

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