Nov 25, 2020
Lake Resources CEO: Key Partnerships to De-Risk and Develop Clean, High Purity Lithium
Lake Resources LLKKF (ASX:LKE) - 121 Mining Investment Americas Online October 2020
26 November 2020
LAKE’S HIGH PURITY LITHIUM CARBONATE TO PRODUCE FIRST LITHIUM
BATTERIES AT NOVONIX
• First samples of Lake’s high 99.97% purity lithium carbonate sent to Novonix in Canada to produce
high-performance lithium-ion batteries.
• Novonix (ASX:NVX) provides high technology battery testing equipment to Tier 1 battery makers
giving Lake global exposure.
• Hazen continues to produce high purity 5kg-6kg carbonate samples using a simple flowsheet from
lithium chloride produced at the Lilac Solutions pilot plant module from Lake’s Kachi brines.
• Novonix program will be undertaken over four months with first results anticipated in February.
Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE; OTC:LLKKF) is pleased to confirm that Hazen Research
Inc (Hazen), has dispatched the first samples of Lake’s high purity 99.97% lithium carbonate, produced from
Kachi brines, to Novonix Battery Technology Solutions in Nova Scotia, Canada for the production of NMC622-
based lithium-ion battery test cells.
Novonix Limited (ASX:NVX; OTCQX:NVNXF) provides high precision battery testing equipment to Tier 1 battery
makers including Panasonic, CATL, Samsung, SK Innovation, LG Chem, Bosch, Honda and Dyson. Novonix is
preparing to begin the testing of Lake’s lithium carbonate with the the preliminary cathode precursor lithiation
followed by full pilot scale evaluation.
Using Novonix’s pilot cell line, Lake’s high purity, responsibly sourced lithium carbonate samples will be used
together with commercial battery cathode precursor materials to form a NMC622 cathode that will then be
processed into NMC622 lithium-ion batteries for testing. This will enable Lake and its potential partners and
customers to make direct and relevant comparisons of Lake’s lithium product’s performance in familiar battery
Novonix anticipates this testing process to take a minimum of four months, with the first results expected
approximately two months after the cathode material is produced. Lake will update the market once results
Hazen will continue to produce lithium carbonate, targeting 5kg to 6kg of samples in this round derived from
the first 20,000 litres of Kachi brines (refer ASX announcement 20 October 2020). A further 20,000 litres of
brine is stored with Lilac whilst additional brines are currently being prepared for transport from site to
produce more samples to meet increased demand, given recent successful results (refer same ASX
announcement 20 Oct 2020).
High purity lithium carbonate results have been obtained via a simple flowsheet without any anticipated
changes to the operating costs previously forecast in Kachi’s Pre-Feasibility Study (refer ASX announcement 28
April 2020), which is a great result for the Company and the sector. Low impurities are a key factor in
determining battery quality and the pricing and acceptance of lithium products. Lake’s high purity carbonate
offers the potential for premium prices.
Mr Stuart Crow Non Exec. Chairman
Mr Stephen Promnitz Executive Director
Dr Nick Lindsay Non Exec. Director
Dr Robert Trzebski Non Exec. Director
Mr Garry Gill CFO
Ms Sinead Teague Company Secretary
Mr Garry Gill Joint Co. Secretary