Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp, a publicly traded mining exploration company, recently announced that it has sent out samples to test super-critical carbon dioxide extraction for the lithium mineralized clays hosted at the Gemini lithium project in Nevada.
The Gemini project sits within the Clayton Valley, one of the most geologically renowned and productive lithium producing regions in the world. The sample was sent to analytical laboratory to determine the extractability of lithium from the lithium mineralized clay samples onsite using super-critical carbon dioxide extraction.
Super-critical carbon dioxide extraction is a clean, efficient, and non-toxic way of extracting lithium and can potentially be used to process lithium-bearing clays onsite. If successful, the validation of the technology would enable a revolution in lithium production by eliminating the need for ore beneficiation before processing.
The testing marks an important milestone for the Gemini project as the company seeks to bring the project into production. The successful extraction could open up significant economic advantages to the Gemini Lithium Project due to the simplified processing process.
Now that the sample has been sent for testing, Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation awaits the results. If successful, it could mean the beginning of a new era in the production of lithium, ushering in a new wave of clean and inexpensive lithium production.