Vulcan Energy Resources has started its Lithium Extraction Optimization Plant (LEOP) at its German site in Landau, Rhineland-Palatinate. This facility plays a critical role in product qualification, optimization, and training of the operations team to successfully implement commercial production starting in late 2025. The plant is dedicated to the extraction, purification, and concentration of lithium chloride.
Aiming at producing the world’s first carbon-neutral lithium
Vulcan is focusing on deep geothermal projects in the Upper Rhine Graben with the goal of producing the world’s first carbon-neutral lithium for the European automotive industry while providing renewable energy for the region. Vulcan’s mission is to establish stable European lithium supply chains to ensure sustainable battery production in the context of electric mobility.
Commissioning phase expected to last until October
The LEOP construction follows Vulcan’s successful pilot phase in Insheim where the company extracted lithium chloride from its producing well sites over the past two and a half years. The commissioning phase of the plant is expected to last until October, when brine will be fed into the plant for the first time, thus starting the lithium extraction process.