New Energy Weekly – Lithium looks broken
Lithium looks broken
As I wrote in the Grove essay this week, oil giant ExxonMobil is about to go into the lithium production business. They plan to use a technique called “Direct Lithium Extraction” (DLE).
Engineers worked on that process for years. It sounds like Exxon’s team figured out how to do it. It’s a faster, more efficient, and much greener way to produce lithium than evaporation ponds or hard rock mining.
Exxon claims that it will be able to produce the equivalent of 1 million electric vehicles’ (EV) worth of lithium per year by 2030. That’s a whole lot of lithium. And if Exxon is doing it, you know the other major oil companies will be right on their tails.
The lithium price is already falling, as I showed in the essay.
According to Trading Economics, the lithium carbonate price fell below $14,000 per metric ton for the first time since 2021. That’s an 81% decline this year alone.
For you traders out there, this could be an ideal time to short some of the high-flying lithium companies that don’t have production. Because when ExxonMobil comes into the market, they are going to put a lot of them out of business.
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The benefit is that falling lithium prices will make batteries less expensive. That will spur more demand for everything from cars to bikes to boats etc. And it will have a positive effect on the entire electrification movement.
For the Good,