What is lithium carbonate used for?
Given its versatility, lithium carbonate is used in various industries, such as electronics, ceramics, metallurgy, glass, among others. Due to its high electrochemical potential and the fact that it is the lightest solid element, its main use is as a cathode material in lithium ion batteries. These batteries have had a strong and growing demand in recent times, mainly due to the great growth in the electric vehicle market, but also due to their use in laptops, mobile phones, and digital cameras.
SQM Lithium is one of the main lithium carbonate producers in the world, with its plant located in Salar del Carmen, near Antofagasta, in northern Chile, and is committed to producing it in a sustainable and responsible manner. This means that the company works to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainable production practices, which include the efficient use of natural resources, the minimization of waste and the reduction of the carbon footprint.
To achieve this, SQM Lithium uses advanced technologies and efficient production practices to minimize the use of energy and water in its processes. In addition, the company has a focus on the responsible management of its waste and the implementation of safety measures to protect the health and well-being of its workers.
SQM Lithium is also committed to social responsibility and the well-being of the communities in which it operates. The company works closely with local communities to minimize its environmental impact and improve the quality of life for people who live near its operations.