Infinity Lithium Corporation Limited and its subsidiary Infinity GreenTech Pty Ltd will collaborate with Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG Business Unit Mining (TK BU Mining) to assess the potential to use green hydrogen to power the lithium chemical conversion process.
Under the MoU, both parties aim to apply technological advancements for green hydrogen energy applications for pyrometallurgical equipment relevant to lithium chemical conversion processes. The advancements can be integrated into both the San José Lithium project in Spain and the Infinity GreenTech novel lithium hydrometallurgical conversion processes.
This global first application to an integrated lithium project will see pilot-scale activities using the new TK BU Mining Hydrogen Burner installation in Germany to assess San José feedstock and the use of green hydrogen to power a rotary kiln.
San José project has the potential to utilise green hydrogen as the energy source to power the rotary kiln that will be required under the sulphate roast stage of the process flowsheet. TK BU Mining will assess varying natural gas and green hydrogen compositions for use at San José. Infinity can determine the potential use of natural gas from the project’s adjacent pipeline infrastructure and the impact of blended gas and hydrogen, which is already in use in pipelines globally.
Both parties will also assess the potential use of hydrogen from alternative sources, including a localised source of green hydrogen or the development of specific infrastructure on site.
Ryan Parkin, Infinity MD, said, “Infinity and Thyssenkrupp BU Mining are bringing world-leading technologies to San José in alignment to Extremadura’s ambitions to produce green hydrogen from their vast renewable energy projects, and progress sustainable industrialisation in the region.”
Jan Lüder, CEO of Thyssenkrupp BU Mining, added, “Among other developments, our pilot hydrogen/natural gas combustion facility allows us to evaluate with our customers the potential of using Green H2 in the mining industry as an alternative to fossil fuels with special attention to the final product quality.”