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WA AEVA visit to the Greenbushes lithium mine!

Posted: Sun, 08 Oct 2017, 22:26
by jonescg
Well what a wonderful trip to Greenbushes, WA!
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Massive thanks to Robyn Dean for organising this trip - a joint effort by the WA branch of AEVA and Tesla Owners of WA - a Farad of Teslas, two Nissan Leafs and an i3 took the drive down to Greenbushes to visit the Talison lithium mine.
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This mine produced 30% of the whole world's lithium. Almost 75% of it will end up in a battery in your next EV. So important is this reserve, several Tesla executives visited the mine last week.
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Spodumene is the hard rock ore which contains up to 6% lithium by weight. The mine is a very tight operation with some really good ethics driving it.
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This is exported through the port of Bunbury, but pretty soon they will be refining it into lithium hydroxide (LiOH) next year at Kwinana!
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Very cool trip, and massive thanks to the Town of Greenbushes for turning out for us!

Re: WA AEVA visit to the Greenbushes lithium mine!

Posted: Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 11:58
by jonescg
Joseph and Larry warming their hands on the output of half a megawatt of Tesla Supercharger in Eaton (outside of Bunbury).
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Ant and I drove back in the Leaf, just ahead of Glenn in the Synergy Leaf. Martin and Maria were able to get a reasonably fast AC charge at the same time :)
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Good fun :D