Don Bubar of Avalon Rare Metals on the Importance of Purity in Lithium Products

- February 4th, 2016

Bubar discusses the company’s Separation Rapids lithium project in Ontario, and the importance of purity in both industrial and battery-grade lithium products.


The Investing News Network recently had the chance to speak with Don Bubar, president and CEO of Avalon Rare Metals (TSX:AVL,OTCQX:AVLNF), about the company’s Separation Rapids lithium project in Ontario, and about the importance of purity in both industrial and battery-grade lithium products.
While battery-grade lithium has been getting plenty of attention from lithium market watchers lately, it’s worth noting that lithium use by the glass and ceramics industries still makes up at least 30 percent of lithium demand. That said, Bubar spoke about purity as being key for both industrial and battery-grade lithium products.
“We discovered while we were doing the work on glass ceramics applications that high purity in the lithium chemicals is really important now to the battery manufacturers in terms of allowing them to make a product that achieves the performance expectations that are required now by the general public,” he said, adding, “99.5 percent [purity] used to be the standard, and it looks like it’s going to be going higher than that (99.9).”
Watch the video to to hear more of what Bubar had to say.

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2 responses to “Don Bubar of Avalon Rare Metals on the Importance of Purity in Lithium Products

  1. This is old news, and not quite right either. Purity in Hydroxide and Carbonate has always been measured in excess of 99.99%, and impurities at below 5ppm. An interesting impurity that is not typically measured is rust particles from corrosion in process equipment, which is removed using magnets between driers and the packaging equipment. The main impurities to worry about are Ca, Mg, Si, Fe, and Na.

  2. This is old news, and not quite right either. Purity in Hydroxide and Carbonate has always been measured in excess of 99.99%, and impurities at below 5ppm. An interesting impurity that is not typically measured is rust particles from corrosion in process equipment, which is removed using magnets between driers and the packaging equipment. The main impurities to worry about are Ca, Mg, Si, Fe, and Na.

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