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Europe’s Unprecedented Need for Lithium

Europe now sells more electric vehicles than China (ref: Forbes, Aug 2020). It is the fastest growing electric vehicle manufacturing market in the world. It is exponentially increasing its domestic lithium-ion battery production capacity to meet this demand, making it the fastest growing lithium market in the world.

Europe will need approximately >415kt lithium hydroxide supply by 2029, greater than the entire global market today.

Europe has zero domestic production of battery-quality lithium hydroxide chemicals. 80% of current supply comes from China.

Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project will reduce this almost total reliance on China for battery grade lithium chemicals.

80% of Current Supply comes from China

EUROPEAN LITHIUM-ION BATTERY CELL PRODUCTION FORECAST TO 2029

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Why Europe?

Vulcan’s negligible distance to markets is a cost advantage as well as carbon advantage!
Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium™ Project is at the centre of this exciting new industry, the biggest change in transport since the internal combustion engine over a century ago.

Brandenburg, 2021

Brandenburg, 2021

Capacity Unknown

Salzgitter, 2024

Salzgitter, 2024

16 GWh, LATER 24 GWh

Erfurt, 2022

Erfurt, 2022

14 GWh, LATER 100 GWh

Sunderland, 2010

Sunderland, 2010

2.5 GWh

Willstät, 2020

Willstät, 2020

1 GWh

Germany & France, 2022

Germany & France, 2022

16 GWh, LATER 64 GWh

Germany, 2023

Germany, 2023

20 GWh, LATER 24 GWh

Germany, 202X

Germany, 202X

4 GWh, LATER 8 GWh

Mo I Rana, 2023

Mo I Rana, 2023

RAMP UP TO 32 GWh

Skellefteå, 2021

Skellefteå, 2021

32 GWh, LATER 40 GWh

Brandenburg 2021

Brandenburg 2021

RAMP UP TO 8-12 GWh

Bitterfeld, 2022

Bitterfeld, 2022

10 GWh

Wroclaw, 2018

Wroclaw, 2018

6 GWh, LATER 70 GWh

Nysa 2021

Nysa 2021

CATHODE MATERIALS

Nysa 2020

Nysa 2020

CATHODE MATERIALS

Komarom 1 + 2, 2020

Komarom 1 + 2, 2020

7.5 GWh, LATER 23.5 GWh

Göd, 2018

Göd, 2018

3 GWh, LATER 15 GWh

Europe, 202X

Europe, 202X

CAPACITY UNKNOWN

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THE EU'S PUSH FOR CARBON NEUTRAL

  • The EU declared a climate emergency and pledged to cut emissions by 55% by 2030 with a goal of net zero by 2050.
  • The European Commission is requiring ‘CO2 Passports’ for all electric vehicles, detailing their full CO2 impact.
  • According to estimates, using traditional hard rock sources, it will take 231 million tonnes CO2 emitted to produce just the lithium needed to electrify Europe’s passenger vehicles, and 1.05 billion tonnes CO2 worldwide.
  • Volkswagen, and other European OEMs, are placing greater importance on carbon-neutral supply chains for their electric vehicles, putting in place sustainability metrics for suppliers on par with price.
  • Current lithium supply chains are not geared towards low carbon intensity production, leaving a gap in the market for Zero Carbon Lithium™
  • Vulcan’s process and product could therefore have a significant, percentage-sized impact on Europe’s annual CO2 reduction requirements to get to net zero by 2050.
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EUROPEAN UNION FORECAST DEMAND FOR LITHIUM HYDROXIDE

LARGEST LITHIUM RESOURCE IN EUROPE

Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium Project is situated in the Upper Rhine Valley of South-West Germany, bordering France.

It is situated in a field of deep geothermal brine, a source of renewable energy, which is also uniquely rich in lithium.

Vulcan has an estimated 15.37 million tonnes of contained lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) within its project resource area, making it easily the largest lithium resource in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

The project is large enough to be the major supplier into the EU markets for decades to come.

This will ensure that the transition to electric vehicles is done right, from low or zero carbon sources of battery raw materials.

LARGEST LITHIUM RESOURCE IN EUROPE

Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium Project is situated in the Upper Rhine Valley of South-West Germany, bordering France.

It is situated in a field of deep geothermal brine, a source of renewable energy, which is also uniquely rich in lithium.

Vulcan has an estimated 15.37 million tonnes of contained lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) within its project resource area, making it easily the largest lithium resource in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

The project is large enough to be the major supplier into the EU markets for decades to come.

This will ensure that the transition to electric vehicles is done right, from low or zero carbon sources of battery raw materials.

Lithium fit for Europe

Vulcan’s proprietary process removes the carbon footprint of typical lithium extraction, satisfying European OEMs requirement for zero carbon electric vehicle raw materials supply chains.

At Europe’s centre…

Vulcan’s project location removes the high carbon footprint and cost of global lithium chemicals transport.

…the world’s fastest growing lithium market

Perfectly poised to supply a market with unprecedented demand growth. Strategic domestic supply independence for Europe.

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The European Green Deal

Transforming the EU’s Economy for a sustainable future.
Vulcan Energy meets 6 of the 9 criteria listed in the European Green Deal.

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Increasing the EU’s Climate ambition for 2030 and 2050

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Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy

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Mobilising research and fostering innovation

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Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy

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A zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment

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Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility

More information on the European Green Deal.

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The European Green Deal

Transforming the EU’s Economy for a sustainable future.
Vulcan Energy meets 6 of the 9 criteria listed in the European Green Deal.

icon

Increasing the EU’s Climate ambition for 2030 and 2050

icon

Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy

icon

Mobilising research and fostering innovation

icon

Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy

icon

A zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment

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Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility

More information on the European Green Deal.

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The European Green Deal

Transforming the EU’s Economy for a sustainable future.
Vulcan Energy meets 6 of the 9 criteria listed in the European Green Deal.

  1. Increasing the EU’s Climate ambition for 2030 and 2050
  2. Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy
  3. Mobilising research and fostering innovation
  4. Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy
  5. A zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment
  6. Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility

More information on the European Green Deal.

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This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This European body receives support from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.