Special Report: Making Money from The True Future of Lithium: Brine vs. Hard Rock

Everyone says electric cars are the way of the future. Instead of using traditional cars that cost owners thousands of dollars in gas every year, people are turning to electric cars because of a hugely decreased gas bill, and a more environmentally friendly car.

There's no question that companies that build electric cars like Tesla are becoming more famous by the day...

Tesla's Model S has become a staple, must-own car among the wealthy, and even the used ones are selling for as much as $90,000 a pop. The Model 3 booked more than 300,000 pre-orders within a week of its debut.

tesla s

Even Volkswagen has hopped on the electric car train, and says it will be selling 1 million electric cars per year by 2025. That’s only five years after Elon Musk’s predictions for Tesla.

The question is, where do these cars get their power?


More specifically, lithium batteries.

That’s why Tesla is building a huge lithium battery factory in the desert called the Gigafactory.

Tesla and all electric car companies need lithium desperately, but the question is, are they mining for it in the best possible way?

Lithium is a metal that is used in lithium batteries, essentially, it’s what makes electric cars move. And it’s hard to mine for. In fact, there are only two ways to get lithium: Hard rock mining and brine deposit mining.


Hard Rock Mining

Lithium used to be mined for using a technique called hard rock mining. According to miningfeeds.com, hard rock mining, “Starting at the early exploration stage... Expensive and potentially many deep drill holes must be punched into the ground. After months of analyzing the drill data, if promising results are inferred, the best case scenario is more drilling. The goal is either a, "discovery," which could make the deposit appear economically viable. More likely, additional exploration dollars, drilling and dreaming is required.”

Essentially, hard rock mining takes years to accomplish. And in the race to get more and more lithium, time is what miners don’t have. Hard rock mining is also environmentally dangerous and expensive.

So what’s the alternative?

Brine Mining

Lithium is concentrated in salt deposits already in the ground, and brine mining, according to miningfeeds.com is a much easier technique than hard rock mining, “Brine, typically carrying 200–1,400 milligrams per liter of lithium, is pumped to the surface and concentrated by evaporation in a succession of ponds, each in the chain having a greater lithium concentration. After 9-12 months, depending on climate, a concentrate of 1 to 2% lithium is further processed in a chemical plant to yield various end products, such as lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide.”

Using this mining process costs much less than hard rock mining, is faster, and researchers at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland found that lithium mined from brine extraction can reach purity of up to 99.9%, an almost impossible purity level in the traditional hard rock mining method.

Now that you know how huge lithium is, and which lithium mining method is best, you should get invested in it before it’s too late… that’s why we’ve found several lithium stocks for you that are hot right now.

Panasonic Corporation (OTC: PCRFY)


Panasonic is a longstanding business with a history of profitability. It makes lithium-ion batteries for a smattering of different applications, and it currently supplies batteries for all of Tesla's cars.

That means, if you invested, you'd be playing the current lithium boom and the growth of lithium as Tesla expands its Gigafactory and companies all over the world boost demand for the commodity. With a market cap of $30.867 billion, and a share price at the time of writing of $13.38, this is definitely a solid stock you can get invested in.

Global X Lithium ETF (NYSE: LIT)


With huge new demand coming from Tesla's Gigafactory and all of the other applications this commodity is used for, our second pick for lithium is long-term and highly rewarding.

The fund is a great way to track the overall lithium market, while investment and demand grows over the next few years and into unparalleled territory in the coming decades.

It’s already made some amazing gains over the past year, but don’t let that scare you — the growth has only just begun!

Included in the holdings of the Lithium ETF are miners, chemical companies, battery manufacturers, and other industrial companies.

By diversifying the exposure to lithium, the Global X Lithium ETF provides investors with less risk and the potential for long-term reward. It'd be like getting in on the oil and gas index back in 1995 when it was trading for $1,000 less than it is today.

Energy and Capital, Copyright © 2021, Angel Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. 3 E Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The content of this site may not be redistributed without the express written consent of Angel Publishing. Individual editorials, articles and essays appearing on this site may be republished, but only with full attribution of both the author and Energy and Capital as well as a link to www.energyandcapital.com. Your privacy is important to us -- we will never rent or sell your e-mail or personal information. Please read our Privacy Policy. No statement or expression of opinion, or any other matter herein, directly or indirectly, is an offer or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities or financial instruments mentioned. While we believe the sources of information to be reliable, we in no way represent or guarantee the accuracy of the statements made herein. Energy and Capital does not provide individual investment counseling, act as an investment advisor, or individually advocate the purchase or sale of any security or investment. The publisher, editors and consultants of Angel Publishing may actively trade in the investments discussed in this publication. They may have substantial positions in the securities recommended and may increase or decrease such positions without notice. Neither the publisher nor the editors are registered investment advisors. Subscribers should not view this publication as offering personalized legal or investment counseling. Investments recommended in this publication should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company in question.