Energy Exploration Technologies has a mission to become a worldwide leader in the global transition to sustainable energy. Founded in 2017, the company is fundamentally changing the way humanity is powering our world and storing clean energy with breakthrough lithium-ion technology and energy storage solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
Lithium demand is already high and is growing year on year. Over the next 10-20 years, lithium will be the most important natural resource in the world. As our society transitions to a fully sustainable future, EnergyX will tackle the hardest problems for the production of lithium and many aspects of energy storage.
A GLOBAL THREAT
With global warming on the rise and areas of the environment in a current state of crisis, there is a high demand for innovation in the energy materials sector. The US Government has placed lithium at the top of the List of Critical Minerals 2018, and it is a high priority for the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.
Over the past several thousand years, scientists calculated that the earth’s natural carbon emissions system (volcanoes) has emitted approximately 650 million tons of CO2 per year on average. This is a combination of highly active volcanoes, seeping dormant volcanoes, and volcanic mid-ocean ridges. Last year, humans emitted 29 billion tons of CO2 into our atmosphere.
Developing clean and renewable energy solutions is critical to avert the current rapid deterioration of our precious atmosphere.
The Energy Transition
Right now, we are witnessing a global shift to sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is defined as generated from sources that are naturally replenishing or inexhaustible, but are limited in availability due to time. For example, sunlight is a renewable energy source, but we only get a certain number of hours of sunlight in a day. While we can count on the sun rising every day, unfortunately this energy can’t be used during the night without storage. The same goes for energy created by wind, a natural renewable source. If there is no wind at a given time, no energy is being generated from that source.
Fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal) are not renewable or sustainable energy resources; they are limited with the amount in the ground. Also the energy generated from fossil fuels is created by combustion or burning of the material creating CO2 emissions harmful to our atmosphere. We are in the midst of a global energy transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources that will curb the devastating effects of global warming and climate change from CO2 emissions.
Electric vehicles are on track to dominate the industry within the next 20 years. The growing demand for electric cars needs to be supplemented with the energy systems needed to fuel and produce them. This is where lithium comes in. Lithium-ion batteries power our laptops and cell phones now but they will also become a key storage source for electric vehicles. Some estimate that lithium-ion installations will grow more than eightfold in the next three years. This isn’t surprising since lithium-ion technology is powerful, lightweight, with very high energy density.
As a specialty material that provides enhanced performance and unique characteristics to transform the energy industry, cost-effective and time-efficient lithium extraction is the holy grail. Through cutting-edge innovations and breakthrough solutions, EnergyX has mastered these problems, and is driving the growth of the global lithium industry while making low-carbon technology cheaper and more accessible.
Our patented LiTAS™ technology is an unparalleled, highly scalable, nanotechnology capable of rapid ion transport and specific selection of any ion in an aqueous mixture. The first-of-its-kind membrane filtering technology acts as a size sieve and accelerates the lithium extraction process. This method makes lithium production more affordable and orders of magnitude more efficient than the antiquated brine
and hard rock extraction approaches of the past.
LiTAS™ tech is the synthesis and characterization of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) comprising mixtures of polymer and MOF to retain the attractive selectivity of the MOF and the scalable and robust mechanical properties of polymers. EnergyX has designed and patented a proprietary scalable casting method to combine our metal organic framework nanoparticles with the polymers to create the mixed matrix membranes in a thin film format.