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Further improvements and optimisation Vulcan Labs.

Vulcan’s approach has undergone rigorous testing and validation to confirm technical and economic feasibility. Vulcan is already producing lithium on a pilot scale, which is dissolved in renewable hot brine deep underground. From the end of 2023, Vulcan will extract lithium on a demonstration plant scale using Direct Lithium Extraction by Adsorption (A-DLE).

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

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As part of our integrated project, we use the deep geothermal energy of the Upper Rhine Graben both for renewable energies and for ZERO CARBON LITHIUM™. We are therefore doing our utmost to provide information about deep geothermal energy. Here you can find further interesting links on the topic.

Since 1991, the German Geothermal Energy Association has made an effort to inform the public about all aspects of geothermal energy and deep geothermal energy. Here you will not only find the latest news and exciting key figures, but also relevant questions about geothermal energy in your home, groundwater protection or insurance in the event of damage.

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The State Geothermal Research Center has worked with experts from various fields to provide comprehensive answers to many questions on deep geothermal energy. Easy-to-understand summaries and clear illustrations for each area make the program accessible to everyone.

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The Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for Mining and Geology can provide special insights into regional geothermal energy and current projects. It also offers services such as the state earthquake service, or explains legislation that is not only essential for us, but can also provide you with valuable background knowledge.

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