For electric car batteries: Canadians are building lithium systems in Brandenburg

Tesla and Microvats are already there, now another company is investing in Brandenburg: Rock Tech Lithium wants to build a factory for lithium hydroxide in Guben. This should be used in electric cars.

The Canadian raw materials company Rock Tech Lithium is planning a plant in Guben, East Brandenburg, for the production of battery-compatible lithium hydroxide for electric cars. The company announced that around 470 million euros will be invested.

The start of production is planned for 2024. The investment decision for all production steps still depends, among other things, on discussions about funding that has already been applied for or further funding, it said. If the entire system was in operation, around 160 people would be employed.

Around 24,000 tons of lithium hydroxide are to be produced each year. That corresponds to the needs of around 500,000 electric vehicles. “Our goal is to be the first company in the world to create a closed cycle for lithium,” said CEO Dirk Harbecke. The electric car manufacturer Tesla and the US battery manufacturer Microvast have also settled in Brandenburg.

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