Did you know that ion exchange is critical to creating the lithium batteries that power cars?
In today’s technological world, a portable power supply has become necessary, and rechargeable lithium batteries are more critical than ever. We rely on batteries to power our electronics like mobile phones, laptops and so much more.
The natural element in the battery, lithium, comes from two primary sources mines and brine water. Brine water, where 87% of the world’s lithium comes from, can be found in many areas of the globe, such as South America, China and Australia. However, if lithium is not highly purified, it will be useless in the battery because it will not be able to keep its charge or discharge at a regular pace. Chelating ion exchange resins are used to remove minute amounts of calcium and magnesium impurities from concentrated lithium chloride and carbonates. Once purified, the lithium is packed into the battery to act as the cathode, therefore allowing its use in various applications in solar power battery banks and electric vehicles, to name a few.