Iran Announces Discovery of Large Lithium Deposit


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Iran has announced the discovery of a large deposit of lithium, a key component of batteries for electric vehicles and electronic devices, state media reported Saturday. “For the first time in Iran, a lithium reserve has been discovered in Hamedan", in the west of the country, state television quoted Mohammad Hadi Ahmadi, an official with the ministry of industry, mines and trade. This reserve is believed to hold “8.5 million tonnes" of lithium, according to the director-general of the ministry’s operating department. Dubbed the “oil of the 21st century", lithium is essential for the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles,...