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PVC geomembranes for South American Lithium Mining

Myriam Astrid Acevedo Soriano and Juan Manuel Cortes
July 1, 2022
Geosynthetics Magazine June/July 2022

Lithium, one of the raw materials in various batteries, is the element powering the technological revolution over the past 30 years that has led to people having exponentially more electronic devices in their lives. According to Lopez et al. (2019), lithium prices have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. In 2012, the price for lithium was $9.50 per pound ($4.30/kg). At the end of January 2022, the price reached $110.23 per pound ($50/kg). Projected annual worldwide demand could reach 425,000 tons (386,000 tonness) by 2025.

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