Cypress Development CEO Dr. Bill Willoughby noted, “There are quality opportunities for production of domestic lithium, and we’re one of the better-placed projects.”
Cypress Development CEO Dr. Bill Willoughby: Sustainable Approaches to Nevada’s Lithium Resourceswww.youtube.com
Cypress Development (TSXV:CYP,OTCQX:CYDVF) CEO Dr. Bill Willoughby discussed the Clayton Valley lithium project in Nevada and the company’s focus on strategic development to facilitate a domestic supply chain.
Lithium demand continues to grow, and the US has declared it a critical mineral for its essential value in the production of batteries. As the world becomes increasingly electrified, the need for stable lithium supply is increasing proportionately.
“Northern Nevada has a number of these very large lithium deposits," Dr. Willoughby shared. "Ours happens to have 1.3 billion tonnes of lithium-bearing clay in resources, and about 200 million tonnes in our reserves.”
The Cypress Development CEO acknowledged both the value of lithium resources and the challenges of converting them into reserves — something Dr. Willoughby said requires a significant focus on technology. He stated, “We've developed a unique leaching process, which we added to the Clayton Valley project. The environment holds chloride brine and a chloride water system. We are using an outflow alkaline leach that should be very productive with that clay.”
Dr. Willoughby continued, “We have a direct lithium extraction process — a DLP process — based on ion exchange that we acquired last year. We evaluated ways to pull out the lithium, and settled on Onyx Chemical in Ontario that’s sustainable and good for the environment.”
With the electrification movement, environmental issues have significant impact. The arid Nevada environment requires companies to use resources consciously, including an essential part of lithium production: water.
On this note, Dr. Willoughby said, “We acquired a water right that should give us sufficient water to run our process and our design basis. For Clayton Valley, the water resource basins are fully allocated. So we're in an excellent position now strategically, having acquired this water right.”
To continue with its sustainable domestic efforts, Cypress Development created a pilot plant near the Amarosa Valley, a 12,000 square foot facility with easy road access. The company’s CEO stated, “We're working towards the end point where we are producing a lithium product.”
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