Salty, subterranean water could relieve world’s lithium shortage

Payne Institute Program Manager Jordy Lee contributes to this article about how the next bottleneck in lithium-ion battery supplies isn’t cobalt, even though China has a stranglehold on the market, and it’s not nickel, either, despite nickel prices nearly doubling in the past five months. There’s no substitute for one crucial component of these batteries: Lithium. Today’s lithium mines can’t hope to meet the skyrocketing demand for the next decade and beyond. May 20, 2022.