Rock Springs, Wyoming
you use a mobile phone, or any portable electronic, you know that the
little kept secret of any portable device is that battery technology has
barely improved over the years. We still struggle to keep our
smartphone charged through the day, and modern batteries, currently
found in millions of electronic gadgets, all rely on lithium. Right now,
the US imports the vast majority of its lithium, and while it is a
recyclable substance, there is no guarantee that the supplies will last
forever. Now however, it seems that at least for the US, these imports
may not be needed for long.
at the University of Wyoming have found a huge reserve of lithium deep
underground near Rock Springs. This natural reserve could hold enough
lithium to serve all of the needs of the country for years to come. This
is a rare find but could be an economic boom for the region, and could
even drive prices down, and push innovation in this sector up.
researchers are still trying to find new ways to make our gadgets last
longer, but until then, these types of lithium powered batteries will
remain the best source of energy we can have. This new reserve is ideal
in many ways to bring those costs down. The way it is located in the
ground makes it easy to gather, and the fact that it lies not far from a
soda ash industrial processing center makes it ideal, since both
products are used together in the creation of batteries.