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E3 Metals begins evaluation of manufacturing methods for commercial sorbent

The goal of this work is to delineate a scalable manufacturing process to produce E3 Metal's proprietary ion-exchange beads at a large scale.

April 6, 2022   by CM Staff

CALGARY — E3 METALS CORP., an emerging lithium developer, announces that the Company has engaged several specialty equipment providers to evaluate manufacturing methods for its proprietary ion-exchange sorbent used as part of its Direct Lithium Extraction process.

The goal of this work is to delineate a scalable manufacturing process to produce E3 Metal’s proprietary ion-exchange beads at a large scale. While the immediate need is to deliver large quantities of the sorbent material for the Company’s upcoming Pilot Plant, this ability to scale the sorbent manufacturing process carries forward to commercial scale for E3 Metals’ DLE technology. This means that upon the successful completion of this work, the Company will have delineated large scale production equipment and processes that may be implemented for a commercial DLE plant. This could potentially lead to provide the opportunity for E3 Metals to produce its proprietary sorbent material for licensing to third parties.

The preliminary results from the initial production run of E3 Metal’s proprietary sorbent received through the vendor evaluation process demonstrates the larger scale equipment can produce a sorbent that performs on par to E3 Metals inhouse sorbent. Further scale up and validation testing is underway.

“Commercial scale manufacturing of our DLE sorbent is a significant milestone for the Company,” commented E3 Metals CEO, Chris Doornbos. “The machinery used to run the pilot plant is an important part of the development, however, it is the proprietary sorbent that does the real work in extracting lithium from the brine. It is the two combined that represent the significant de-risking accomplishment that E3 Metals is moving towards. Having both a large resource base and its own ion-exchange DLE technology puts the Company firmly in the driver’s seat. More important than ever, developing secure supply of domestic North American critical minerals enables the electrified world and the movement towards EV’s.”

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