Wednesday, May 9, 2018

USA, California: EnergySource Lithium from Geothermal Brine Project Begins Design Phase This Month

Lithium soon to be mined at Salton Sea (KYMA)

EnergySource secures $2.5 million state grant

John L. Featherstone Geothermal Plant (Courtesy EnergySource)

Imperial County is about to become the lithium capital of the nation. 

Senator Ben Hueso announced at the El Centro Chamber of Commerce that $2.5 million will be invested in Imperial County for a geothermal project that will generate 50 megawatts of energy (sic). The county will also take part in the mining for lithium. 

Lithium is an important element in electronics and to produce batteries for electric cars. The funds come from Bill SB-1074 which Senator Hueso created two years ago. 

The project starts its design phase this month and will be ready to break ground in about a year creating hundreds of jobs.The new geothermal project will be located at the south end of the Salton Sea.