This initiative applies oil and gas expertise to unlock the potential of Alberta’s significant lithium resource from oilfield wastewater. As a fundamental component in the batteries of electronics, electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage, lithium is anticipated to be a key material in a low carbon economy. Lithium is also an element found in dissolved oilfield wastewater. Alberta has large volumes of this briney byproduct, which presents a compelling opportunity for Alberta.
In May 2018, Calgary-based E3 Metals announced that it had reached an important technical milestone moving it one step closer to being able to extract lithium from oilfield brine. This initiative exemplifies the idea of leveraging Alberta’s traditional energy assets, and its skilled human resources, to build the energy system the future requires of us.