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Lithium is an essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars, as well as rechargeable power for laptops, phones and other devices. It is the lightest of all metals, making it well suited for use in everything from pacemakers to jets.

Lithium does not occur on its own in nature but is found combined with other minerals. At our Jadar project, we discovered lithium in a new mineral in the Jadar Valley in Serbia, now known as jadarite.

Lithium is part of our portfolio of materials essential to a low-carbon future. Lithium is a key element needed for low-carbon technologies including the electrification of transport, large-scale batteries and energy storage. Double digit growth in lithium demand is forecast over the next decade.

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Sales & Marketing

David Petitjean, Senior Sales Manager, Lithium
E: david.petitjean@riotinto.com
W: lithium.borax.com

Without lithium ion batteries you won’t have rapid mass adoption of electric vehicles or energy storage. And without the lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite anode and manganese supply chains to feed these battery plants, you won’t have lithium ion batteries.”

- Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

The new mineral, jadarite


A Material for the Future

A vital component for clean technologies such as electric vehicles and battery storage, lithium will play an essential role in the transition to a low carbon economy. Double digit growth in lithium demand is forecast over the next decade.

Partnerships across the value chain 

Partnerships and collaboration are essential to bringing lithium from mine to market. For example, we are investing in European-based battery technology and manufacturing company InoBat Auto  to support the development of a battery ecosystem in Europe – spanning R&D, lithium mining, battery manufacturing and recycling.

InoBat has a battery research and development facility and pilot plant under development in Slovakia and is actively pursuing plans to build a number of gigafactories, including one in Serbia where our proposed Jadar lithium mine  is located.

We also support industry-wide initiatives aimed at building a competitive, sustainable and innovative value chain in Europe, such as the European Battery Alliance and the European Raw Materials Alliance.


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  • Batteries

    Powering everyday life

    Lithium is a key component in the batteries that power your smart phone, electric vehicle and gaming controller. 
  • Battery storage

    Helping to store clean energy

    Lithium is used in batteries to store the power generated from wind turbines and solar photovoltaic cells.
  • Recycling bin

    Cradle to cradle recycling

    According to Canadian Mining, around 95% of the cobalt, lithium and graphite in batteries can be reused. We have formed a partnership with InoBat to accelerate the establishment of a “cradle to cradle” battery manufacturing and recycling value chain in Serbia.
  • Glazes

    Brightening up our world

    Used in ceramic glazes, lithium can improve viscosity, improve transparency, increase ceramic strength and even brighten up the colours of the glazes. 

Our lithium operations & projects

Rincon Project, Argentina

Rincon Lithium Project

A long-life, low-cost and low-carbon lithium source
Employee, Jadar


A lithium-boron deposit with the potential to make Serbia a major global producer

Lithium fact sheet

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