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Can’t-miss Houston energy event: Energyear USA Conference

An international renewables conference is coming to Houston this week. Photo via energyear.com

A full day of thought leadership, networking, and business development is coming to Houston thanks to an international organization.

When: Thursday, July 20, from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Where: InterContinental Houston-Medical Center, 6750 Main St.

Price: $999 in-person pass; $399 virtual access

Who: Young professionals working in the energy industry

Learn more and register.

The inaugural Energyear USA will be held this week in Houston. The conference will unite the foremost players in the renewables industry — corporates, investors, financiers, asset managers, technologists, law firms, financial advisors, consultancies, government institutions, and other industry stakeholders.

Don't miss the opening panel, entitled "Powering the Future: Unleashing the potential of renewable energy in Texas and the USA," features Jeff Marootian, senior adviser of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Katie Mehnert, CEO and founder of Ally Energy.

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A View From HETI

The plant, expected to go online later this year, will process brine produced from lithium-containing waste-magnesium salts. Photo via ibatterymetals.com

Houston-based International Battery Metals, whose technology offers an eco-friendly way to extract lithium compounds from brine, is installing what it’s billing as the world’s first commercial modular direct-lithium extraction plant.

The mobile facility is located at US Magnesium’s operations outside Salt Lake City. The plant, expected to go online later this year, will process brine produced from lithium-containing waste-magnesium salts. The resulting lithium chloride product will provide feedstock for high-purity lithium carbonate generated by US Magnesium.

Under its agreement with US Magnesium, International Battery Metals (IBAT) will receive royalties on lithium sales, as well as payments for equipment operations based on lithium prices and performance.

IBAT says its patented technology is the only system that delivers a 97 percent extraction rate for lithium chloride from brine water, with up to 98 percent of water recycled and with minimal use of chemicals.

“Commercial operations will serve growing lithium demand from automakers for electric vehicle batteries, as well as energy storage batteries to support growing electricity demand and to balance the grid from increased renewable energy integration,” IBAT says in a news release.

Initially, the less than three-acre plant will annually produce 5,000 metric tons of lithium chloride. The modular plant was fabricated in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

“Our commercial operations with US Mag will advance a productive lithium extraction operation,” says Garry Flowers, CEO of IBAT. “Given current lithium demand, supply dependence on China, and permitting challenges, our expected commercial operations are coming at an ideal time to produce lithium at scale in the U.S.”

IBAT says the technology has been validated by independent reviewers and has been tested in Texas, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Oklahoma, as well as Argentina, Canada, Chile, and Germany.

IBAT says its modular concept positions the company to be a key supplier for rising U.S. lithium demand, providing an alternative to China and other global suppliers.

John Burba, founder, CTO and director of IBAT, says the modular extraction technology “will be the basis of future lithium extraction from brine resources around the world.”

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