lithium carbonate


Definition of lithium carbonate

: a crystalline salt Li2CO3 used in the glass and ceramic industries and in medicine especially in the treatment of bipolar disorder

Examples of lithium carbonate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Battery-grade cobalt prices were up 150% from Jan. 1, 2020, through March 2022, while nickel sulfate gained 71% and lithium carbonate rose 980%, according to Benchmark. Timothy Puko And Tarini Parti, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 The price for lithium carbonate—the compound that gets extracted from the ground—has shot up 432% year over year, hitting nearly $62,000 per metric ton in April. Emily Barone, Time, 26 May 2022 The shift to electric vehicles has spurred a global rush for lithium, which is used in virtually all EV batteries, and seen Chinese prices of lithium carbonate surge more than 400 percent over the past year., 23 May 2022 Lithium bottlenecks hurting Prices for battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide have been soaring so fast, Tesla is already factoring in the higher costs into its current vehicle prices now. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Production emissions for 1 metric ton of lithium carbonate, for example, are three times higher than that of steel, the IEA report says. Shel Evergreen, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 Glen Miller, professor of environmental science at the University of Nevada told CNBC in January that the mine is expected to produce 60,000 tons of lithium carbonate annually, about half of the 2025 expected domestic need. Jon Markman, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Lithium remains in a viscous yellow green pool, which SQM converts into powdery white lithium carbonate for battery makers abroad. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Comstock Mining projects that global lithium-ion battery manufacturing will require 1.8 million tons annually of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE). Mergermarket, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lithium carbonate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lithium carbonate was in 1869

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19 Jul 2022

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Medical Definition of lithium carbonate

: a crystalline salt Li2CO3 used in the glass and ceramic industries and in medicine in the treatment of mania and hypomania in bipolar disorder


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