Vulcan employee working in a laboratory

Further improvements and optimisation Vulcan Labs.

Vulcan’s approach has undergone rigorous testing and validation to confirm its technical and economic viability. We are already producing lithium dissolved in renewably heated brine in the deep sub-surface, using Adsorption-type Direct Lithium Extraction (A-DLE), at pilot and starting end-2023 at a demo plant scale.

Research and project delivery go hand in hand Research and development.

Research and development is well embedded in Vulcan’s DNA. The research team for the Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project consists of 30 experts. In addition to scientists, Vulcan’s research laboratory also includes analysis specialists, data scientists and technicians.

The team’s main job is to conduct experiments in the laboratory on the individual steps involved in the Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project process. The primary objectives are to obtain well-founded, extensive knowledge of each step, quickly optimise processes and resolve any possible errors before they occur.

Vulcan laboratory

Our focus Steady improvement.

DLE optimisation  

Developing new sorbents and VULSORB® synthesis

Conducting wet chemical and solids analyses using modern analytical methods:

  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Ion chromatography (IC)
  • Titrator
  • Photometer
  • Particle size analyser
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)



Data analysis and data engineering

  • Developing internal databases so as to enable the automated, structured collection of all measurement data
  • Big data methods for the analysis of measurement data and recognition of trends and patterns
  • Forecasting models and machine learning algorithms