Thursday, April 6, 2017

USA, California: EnergySource Gets $2.5 Million Grant to Study Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brine

Notice of Proposed Award, Geothermal Grant and Loan Program Grant Funding Opportunity GFO-16-509 (California Energy Commission)

 John L. Featherstone geothermal plant (Courtesy EnergySource)
A Notice of Proposed Award for GFO-16-509 - Geothermal Grant and Loan Program (GRDA) - Mineral Recovery from Geothermal Brines has been made available.

$2,500,000 has been awarded to EnergySource Minerals, LLC for a Well To Wheels Lithium Design project at the Salton Sea, Imperial Valley in Southern California.

The purpose of this GFO was to solicit grant funding applications from eligible local jurisdictions and private entities for geothermal energy-related projects in California that meet all of the following requirements:
  1. The project is for recovery of lithium, metals, agricultural products, or other beneficial minerals from highly mineralized geothermal brines; 
  2. The project is located at a geothermal facility in existence on January 1, 2017, that is in a disadvantaged community and provides local employment opportunities; and 
  3. The project uses commercially available technologies for the mineral or product recovery processes.