Lithium Investment





Investing in Lithium. Investing in Future.

As production of electric cars increases, and mobile technologies take the center stage, the cost of lithium, used in the electric batteries of both industries, is rising along with the demand, and already it is unable to meet it in time.

Lithium is the lightest alkaline metal and is able to hold more electric energy per a unit of weight than any other metal or material. Demand for lithium destined for battery usage is predicted to grow by at least 20% per year. It is not a surprise as lithium is already powering over 80% of mobile phones and 90% of laptop computers. Your Android, iPad or iPhone is powered by lithium right now. It is also now accepted that lithium will soon power your car too. It will power the revolution of new energy, and that revolution is getting into full swing.

The worldwide market for rechargeable lithium batteries is estimated to be worth over $4 billion/year while automotive market alone is projected to reach $337 million in 2012, and $1.6 billion in 2015. In 2010, in USA alone demand for industry-grade lithium was over 102,000 tons, by 2020 that number is expected to reach 320,000 tons mostly due to increase in production of electric vehicles.

Since an electric car battery requires massive amounts of lithium carbonate compared to its laptop equivalent, the green-car revolution could make lithium one of the planet's most strategic commodities. The rush is on to find and develop new sources of it, a race that has mining companies searching the globe's remotest corners, from the high-altitude deserts of Chile and Bolivia to the wilds of northern Tibet.

Like the hydrocarbon era before lithium boom, the dawning lithium-hydrogen times carry its own risks and opportunities, as well as its own set of winners and losers.
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